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Oleksandr Usyk intends to seek undisputed heavyweight unification after Anthony Joshua rematch

Usyk now has three of the four major world titles at heavyweight, but has eyes on the last.

Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk - Heavyweight Title Fight Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Oleksandr Usyk is one man in the heavyweight division currently holding multiple major world titles now that he’s taken care of business against Anthony Joshua. And while Usyk is currently expecting to have to run it back with Anthony Joshua due to a mandated rematch clause, he does have his eyes set on the ultimate prize — an undisputed heavyweight title unification.

Usyk is already a sure-fire Hall of Famer after becoming the first undisputed cruiserweight champion and then going on to become unified heavyweight champion, but he if manages to become undisputed heavyweight champion as well — boy oh boy — that’s some truly legendary stuff right there.

The last remaining title Usyk doesn’t hold is the WBC’s, which is currently held by Tyson Fury who will be defending it in a third fight against Deontay Wilder. So once Usyk deals with his rematch and the Fury-Wilder situation plays out, Usyk has eyes on the ultimate unification match.

“We can talk about the unification of all the belts only after Tyson Fury will have a boxing match again Deontay Wilder, and they determine the champion, and after our re-match with Anthony [Joshua],” Usyk told a news conference in Kyiv. “Of course, I would like very much to have this unification match.”

Usyk’s promoter, Alexander Krassyuk, is expecting the Joshua rematch to happen between February and March of next year, which leaves plenty of time for speculation on what could happen between now and then. For now Usyk should be enjoying the fruits of his labor, but says himself he’ll be right back in training before you know it.

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