Oleksandr Usyk next battle: Cruiserweight champion discusses potential Anthony Joshua showdown after beating Tony Bellew
Oleksandr Usyk insisted that he wanted “a long rest and to spend some time with my family” after beating Tony Bellew in an exciting cruiserweight international name battle in Manchester — however it didn’t take lengthy for ideas to show to Anthony Joshua.
Usyk defended all 4 of his international crusierweight titles when he stopped Bellew within the 8th spherical of an exhilarating battle, during which he trailed on two of the 3 judges scorecards.
Bellew began the battle brilliantly and made just right on his promise to take the battle to Usyk, however the Ukrainian was once in the end too stylish and ended the battle with a thunderous directly left.
Afterwards, Usyk mentioned that he was once taking a look ahead to a relaxation after “the most difficult year of my career”.
“This has been a very successful year but it has also been the toughest year of my career. So right now my primary concern is my rest. And I want to spend some time with my family.”
But already plans are being made on his behalf. And his promoter, Alex Krassyuk, was once fast to unmarried out a 2019 showdown with Joshua. “With Eddie Hearn we can make some great fights. Usyk definitely needs to fight Anthony Joshua,” he mentioned.
Hearn on the other hand urged Usyk could be with a warm-up battle at heavyweight sooner than making an attempt to turn into the primary guy ever to forestall Joshua.
“He will want to move into heavyweight and get comfortable,” mentioned Hearn.
“I would like him to come to Whyte vs Chisora. There is Parker, Takam, Miller, Povetkin. But he will tell me the kind of fights that he wants. And if he comes back to Britain it has to be a British heavyweight. But I am sure he will want a fight to progress and then challenge for the world heavyweight title.”