Oleksandr Usyk targets Deontay Wilder after Tyson Fury snub

Oleksandr Usyk reveals he would like to fight Deontay Wilder NEXT after being snubbed by Tyson Fury… as his promoter hits out at the Gypsy King for being ‘afraid’ of the Ukrainian and choosing to fight Anthony Joshua instead

  • Tyson Fury looks set to fight domestic rival Anthony Joshua in December
  • He has chosen to pursue a fight with Joshua over taking on Oleksandr Usyk
  • Usyk is disappointed he isn’t fighting Fury, but is now lining up another opponent
  • He wants to take on Deontay Wilder in early 2023 when he returns to the ring
  • Usyk’s promoter Egis Klimas believes Fury is ‘afraid’ of fighting Usyk 

Oleksandr Usyk has set his sights on fighting Deontay Wilder next after being snubbed by Tyson Fury for their undisputed heavyweight clash.

After Usyk beat Anthony Joshua for the second time last month, he was expected to face Fury with all the titles on the line in boxing’s blue-riband division. However, the Gypsy King has since called out Joshua, and now appears set to defend his WBC belt against his domestic rival in December instead.

Usyk has hit out at Fury for not fighting him, but has revealed that he already has another opponent lined up for early 2023.  

Oleksandr Usyk is set to return to boxing in 2023 after beating Anthony Joshua last month

He had been hoping to fight fellow champion Tyson Fury, but this now appears unlikely 

Fury has decided to pursue a fight with Joshua instead, which could take place in December

‘I’m not p***** off at all (about Fury deciding to fight Joshua). The bigger problem is Tyson Fury is not letting fans see one of the best historical bouts in boxing history, Usyk told Ring TV.

‘That’s his fault. Not mine. Tyson Fury can fight whoever he wants to fight.’

When pushed on who he would like to fight next, Usyk replied: ‘Deontay Wilder’.

‘Wilder is a dangerous fighter, and that fight would most likely be in the United States,’ he added.

Wilder is due to return to the ring after a year away when he takes on Robert Helenius in New York next month. Usyk plans to be at ringside to get a closer look at his potential next opponent.

Usyk has named Deontay Wilder as the opponent he would like to face next after Fury’s snub

Meanwhile, Usyk’s promoter Egis Klimas has backed Usyk’s decision to stay active by targeting Wilder as he does not want to see Fury hold up his fighter’s career. He has also claimed that the Brit is avoiding Usyk as he is ‘afraid’ of the Ukrainian.

‘Usyk is the heavyweight world champion and look how many statements Fury has made these last few months, he’s retiring, he’s not retiring, he’s fighting Usyk, he’s not Usyk, and now he’s fighting Joshua, you really don’t know what Fury is going to do next,’ Klimas said.

‘If you look in his past at everything that happened, Fury always caused a problem when it came to getting an undisputed world champion. He’s unpredictable.’  

Usyk’s promoter Egis Klimas has hit out at Fury for avoiding the Ukrainian heavyweight

‘What happens when Joshua beats his a**? What will happen next? They will go to a rematch, which will push back the chance to have an undisputed world champion. I think Fury is most likely afraid of Usyk. Why does he run away from Usyk? Why? Because Fury sees danger in Usyk.

‘Usyk wanted to fight Fury by the end of the year. You know what, we’re not running after him. We have three belts. He has one belt. Who cares? It’s a situation Fury created. Not Usyk. Usyk would fight Tyson Fury in his backyard. Usyk would fight anyone in their backyard.

‘Usyk would like to fight Wilder, but whoever wins that fight (between Wilder and Helenius) would be next for Usyk. Usyk is not like Fury. He’s looking for the winners not looking for the losers.’

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