Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury’s hopes of fighting one another have received a major boost after Oleksandr Usyk offered to take on Deontay Wilder. Both fighters are written down as the two Brits’ next fighters but nothing has been pencilled in yet with AJ and Fury mooted to clash next in the ring.
Usyk has offered to fight Wilder next, opening the door for Joshua and Fury to fight.
The Ukrainian has made the step up to heavyweight and in October 2019 when he beat Chazz Witherspoon in seven-round before beating Dereck Chisora at the SSE Arena in October this year.
A bout with AJ was immediately touted, who had to take on Kubrat Pulev before another competitor could face the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO champion.
Earlier this month, the Brit defeated Pulev in nine rounds via knockout with Fury in his sights, who occupies the WBC heavyweight belt.
It comes after beating Wilder – but a rematch has been touted with the American looking to reclaim his title.
Meanwhile, Usyk has been named Joshua’s mandatory challenger for the WBO belt.
However, the 33-year-old could be willing to step aside – if it means taking on Wilder in his next clash instead of Joshua.
“There are a lot of guys who I would like to fight and would be happy to fight, like Deontay Wilder,” said Usyk to The Sun.
But the Ukraine star has not ruled out a clash with AJ – with the Watford-born ace currently in top of the boxing world.
After defeating Pulev, Joshua is the one all the big boxers want to face to challenge him for his belts.
And Usyk would prefer a clash in the United Kingdom over a money-spinning fight in Saudi Arabia.
Joshua’s rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr took place in the Middle-east at the Diriyah Arena – where the 31-year-old made between £40m-£60m.
Usyk added: “As for me I don’t care where the fight takes place, I will put up a show wherever.
“However, I think Britain would be really cool because they are really great fans and really nice people.”