Oleksandr Usyk sensationally offers to join Anthony Joshua’s camp ahead of his potential heavyweight showdown with Tyson Fury as the champion urges the Brit to not ‘give up’ despite his ‘meltdown’ after his second defeat to the Ukrainian
- Oleksandr Usyk has offered to help Anthony Joshua prepare for Tyson Fury fight
- Ukrainian WBO, WBA, and IBF heavyweight champion has beaten Joshua twice
- Usyk has ruled out his fight with ‘The Gypsy King’ until 2023 due to an injury
Oleksandr Usyk has sensationally offered to help Anthony Joshua ahead of his much-anticipated heavyweight showdown with Tyson Fury by joining his camp.
The Ukrainian, who has twice beaten Joshua most recently via a split decision in Saudia Arabia, was expected to fight Fury but has had to rule out any such fight until 2023 due to injury.
Instead, the WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight champion of the world Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs), is keen to help his most recent opponent in his next fight.
Oleksandr Usyk has sensationally offered to help Anthony Joshua ahead of Tyson Fury fight
‘If he needs my help, I will go to his camp and help him. He is not 40 years old, he is 33, so he should keep working – Anthony, don’t stop,’ Usyk told Sky Sports via Boxing Scene.
‘I understand that he wanted to win against me, but Anthony can’t give up. He must go forward.’
Usyk beat Joshua via unanimous decision to capture the heavyweight crowns at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium back in September, 2021.
The Ukrainian has twice beaten Joshua most recently via a split decision in Saudia Arabia
The 35-year-old then convincingly conquered Joshua in August, weathering a ninth-round onslaught to close the show in the 10th, 11th, and 12th rounds.
Usyk was awarded a split decision win despite out landing Joshua 170 to 124 in the rematch in Saudia Arabia.
Joshua was clearly frustrated by the second beating and had a bizarre post-fight ‘meltdown’ in the center of the ring during Usyk’s celebrations.
Joshua was clearly frustrated by the second beating and had a bizarre post-fight ‘meltdown’
Usyk, however, described Joshua’s outcry as ‘a mistake’, by saying: ‘It’s wrong to think that he had stolen my moment.
‘He said what he wanted. Thank God the victory was mine. Anthony cannot be judged by what he did – he is a top-level athlete and a good person. He made a mistake.
‘I’m sure he did it with no anger. He was disappointed with his defeat and he was sad.’
Fury revealed yesterday that his written offer to Joshua is a 60/40 purse split deal for a straight shot at his WBC heavyweight world title this year.
WBC heavyweight champion Fury handed Joshua a shock world title lifeline on Monday, challenging him to a December Battle of Britain.
WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury handed Joshua a shock world title lifeline
Joshua has since publicly accepted the offer, which prompted his promoter Eddie Hearn to speak to Fury’s representative Frank Warren, and both have had their say on arranging the fight.
Fury took to Twitter after plenty of comments to confirm his offer of a 60/40 split purse, by saying: ‘I’m being bombarded with messages of how much am I going to pay AJ.
‘Everyone is saying 80/20, 70/30, 75/25, the actual answer is I’ve offered him 60/40. 40 per cent of this amazing fight because I want this fight to happen.
‘He doesn’t have any excuses now not to take it, he can’t say I’ve lowballed him by offering him 20 or 30%.
‘I’ve offered the people 40%, take it or leave it, let us know.’
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