In the last week there has been a lot of talk about the three heavyweights who are creating a controversy in the boxing world in relation to their next fight. After the convincing victory by TKO of the WBA, WBO and IBF champion Anthony Joshua against Kubrat Pulev on December 12, the attention of the media and boxing fans on the question of the total reunification of the world belts has intensified.
As we mentioned in an article few days ago, the boxing world is in front of a dilemma: will Oleksandr Usyk (18-0, 13 KOs) waive his right as mandatory challenger or not? Let’s not go back to explain the reason of this question and its implications. You can find the whole story here. Let’s focus on the recent statements said in a recent interview by Oleksandr Usyk about this situation. Unfortunately, the Ukrainian boxer did not answer the questions too deeply and left several issues unaddressed.
However, Oleksandr Usyk, 33-year-old boxer from Kiev, realized the sensitivity of the problem and the unbelievable chance of ending up with all the belts. Usyk did not insist that the fight with Anthony Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) must happen now but he confirmed his strong intention of fighting Joshua also for respect of his entire team that, together with him, have been working the whole life for this achievement. But the cryptic moment of the interview is when, out of the blue, mentioned the name Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) and commenced to analyze Fury’s boxing skills. Other than the fact that Usyk described the Gypsy King as an “unpredictable fighter”, this sudden statement may hint that he does not want to take the responsibility for being the mean guy who does not let the super-fight happen. Or the spoiled kid who ruins the party and go on fighting on his own for a belt who may not have the same value anymore. And the same time he cannot behave like the idiotic loser who walks away from a chance that he truly achieved on the ring with great merits.
And that what the moment that, in line with what already mentioned by his promoter and manager Egis Klimas, Oleksandr Usyk invited all the parties to sit down and discuss together a solution. A potential agreement could be Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk in April/May, and two super-fights in late 2021 (August, December?). Ultimately, there is a discrepancy between the boxing fans and the fighters: we want to see actions and all the three possible combinations of fights to happen; the fighters want the belts regardless of who they have to face knowing that they are three fearless boxers and in a year or so no longer in their very prime.