After defeating Anthony Joshua, new heavyweight division king Oleksandr Usyk called out Tyson Fury to dare him in his next fight.
“I am sure Tyson Fury is not retired yet … I’m sure he wants to fight me. I want to fight him. If I’m not fighting Tyson Fury, I’m not fighting at all.” Oleskandr Usyk stated after beating Joshua in the wee hours of Sunday (August 21) morning at the Jeddah Superdome in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Usyk won the bout via split decision to retain his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight belts. The Ukrainian boxer defeated the former champion Joshua for the second time in a row, having beaten the Briton last September.
The unbeaten Usyk (with 20 wins in 20 professional career bouts so far) wants to become the undisputed heavyweight champion by adding the WBC title, which is currently held by Britain’s Tyson Fury.
Meanwhile, Usyk was emotional after the win over Joshua as he spoke of of his war-torn home country.
“I devote this victory to my country, my family, my team and to the military defending the country,” he said after the win. “This is already history. Many generations are going to watch this fight, especially the round when someone tried to beat me hard. But I turned it in a different way.”