‘Straight to the world title’: Oleksandr Usyk set to watch Anthony Joshua’s Andy Ruiz Jr rematch from ringside as the Ukranian scouts opponent for world heavyweight title fight
- Oleksandr Usyk will watch Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr II from ringside
- The Ukranian is demanding a heavyweight title fight next from Eddie Hearn
- Usyk dispatched Chazz Witherspoon to win his first heavyweight fight
- The 2012 Olympic heavyweight champion said adding weight would be no issue
Oleksandr Usyk will be watching on from ringside in Saudi Arabia for Anthony Joshua’s critical rematch with Andy Ruiz Jnr – as he demands a world heavyweight title fight from promoter Eddie Hearn.
The Ukrainian – who gave up his title as undisputed cruiserweight champion in March – stopped Chazz Witherspoon in round seven to win his first heavyweight bout last week.
In his push to join the division’s top tier, Usyk could face the winner of Joshua v Ruiz II – with the Mexican currently holding the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles.
Oleksandr Usyk will be ringside for Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz II, scouting for his next fight
The Ukranian won his heavyweight debut by stopping Chazz Witherspoon in the seventh round
Usyk – who unified the cruiserweight division – has demanded a title fight after his debut win
Hearn confirmed Usyk’s December 7th trip to the Middle East, saying: ‘The instructions to me are: “World heavyweight championship next.”‘
‘It wouldn’t hurt to have one more (fight). But they say: “We have won every belt at cruiserweight, we have had our heavyweight warm-up, we are ready.”‘
‘My message is straight to the world title.’
Usyk added: ‘I am ready to fight them. If they are going to offer it to me, of course I am going to take it.’
The 2012 Olympic heavyweight champion came in at 15st 5lbs before his Witherspoon clash – more than two stone lighter than Joshua, and four stone lighter than Ruiz.
Usyk has said he will comfortably add more weight, but that maintaining his speed will be the main obstacle.
Usyk’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, will be tasked with managing his path to the world title
Ruiz and Joshua clash again on December 7, in a crucial fight for the heavyweight landscape
Joshua is set to spar with Dereck Chisora on Friday, with ‘Del Boy’ set to fight David Price on October 26.
His opponent, meanwhile, has been praised by WBC title holder Deontay Wilder for his body transformation – after the Mexican shared pictures on social media looking far fitter than he did before shocking the Brit earlier this year.