Boxing: Oleksandr Usyk ready to step aside and allows Anthony Joshua clash with Tyson Fury

Oleksandr Usyk sends warning message to Anthony Joshua after beating Derek Chisora
  • Oleksandr Usyk is the mandatory challenger for the WBO strap held by Joshua
  • But the Ukrainian hinted at considering stepping aside to allow the 2021 fight
  • A two-fight agreement is in place for Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury to meet
  • All world heavyweight titles would be contested in the all-British showdown
  • Mental Health and Psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19

Oleksandr Usyk has hinted he would be willing to step aside to allow Anthony Joshua to take on Tyson Fury next year.

A two-fight agreement is already in place for Joshua and Fury to meet in 2021 in what is being deemed the biggest fight in British boxing history.

All world heavyweight titles would be contested with unified heavyweight champion Joshua facing WBC champion Fury.

Speaking to The Sun, the 33-year-old Ukrainian said he would consider stepping aside to ensure Joshua against Fury takes place, labelling it a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’.

‘All four belts might end up in the same hands of one person,’ Usyk said.

‘It might be a once in a lifetime opportunity. We should all talk and communicate for that to happen because it is a really big event.

‘I still want to fight Anthony Joshua for the title. There are many factors for this fight to happen, my team and all the participants and all their interested parties are already working on it.

‘But there are still many people who wish to fight him as well, like Tyson Fury.’

Joshua ensured the fight against Fury remained a possibility after defeating Kubrat Pulev having knocked the Bulgarian out in the ninth round at the SSE Arena in Wembley.