Anthony Joshua either fights me or vacate title – Oleksandr Usyk fumes


Oleksandr Usyk has given his sternest warning yet that he will not wait for Anthony Joshua to fight Tyson Fury before demanding his own shot.

Usyk reinforced his status as the mandatory challenger to Joshua’s WBO heavyweight title by outpointing Derek Chisora on Saturday night and intends to fight for the belt in 2021.

But IBF, WBA and WBO champion Joshua must come through his next defence against Kubrat Pulev on December 12, live on Sky Sports Box Office, then plans two fights against WBC title holder Fury next year.

The victorious Usyk told Sky Sports News the morning after beating Chisora: “I am the mandatory for Joshua so he has two options.

“One; to fight me.

“Two; to vacate and to go and fight Fury.

“Either he fights me or relinquishes.

“I am waiting. I am ready.”

 Usyk is the mandatory challenger to Joshua

Asked if he felt ready to become just the third boxer to add a heavyweight title to the cruiserweight belts that he accumulated, Usyk said: “That’s true.”

Immediately after beating Chisora, he explained his goal: “Not just world champion, the undisputed world champion [is my aim].”

Prior to the fight with Chisora, Usyk’s co-promoter Alex Krassyuk, who works alongside Eddie Hearn, told Sky Sports: “Usyk is already in AJ’s head.

“Their fight will happen anyway, this is just a matter of time.

“AJ knows that this guy is a real threat for him.”