Oleksandr Usyk reveals what he noticed about Anthony Joshua

Oleksandr Usyk has revealed he has seen nothing in Anthony Joshua that will keep him awake at night.

The Ukrainian will defend his four cruiserweight world titles against Tony Bellew in Manchester on Saturday week.

But he is also considering a future move to heavyweight – and has his sights set on facing Joshua at Wembley.

Usyk was ringside at the Brit’s last fight – a seventh-round stoppage of Alexander Povetkin.

"Yes I watched this fight and I really liked it," he told Sky Sports . "I like how Alexander was set up, it was intriguing, or it was Anthony Joshua’s plan – it wasn’t a successful plan at the beginning.

"I really liked the atmosphere at Wembley and I would like to box there too.

"[Joshua is] absolutely nothing out of the ordinary. The fighter is quite well trained, I do not see anything not ordinary.

"Do you know I cannot tell you in advance before this fight happens. When promoters start negotiations between Usyk and Joshua, then I will get ready for that.

"If you want to make God smile, tell him your plans. Do you understand that my father raised me not to tell what hasn’t happened yet."

Usyk is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world having unified the belts in the World Boxing Super Series final.

And he admitted to having had his eye on Joshua for some time.

“I saw him for the first time at the 2011 World Championship finals against Magomedrasul Majidov. It was a great fight and after this fight I said he is going to be the Olympic champion in London," he added.

"I watched all his fights in London at the Olympic Games and of course his professional fights as well. I am interested in him, I mean it is interesting to watch his fights."

Who wins this one?


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