Browsing: Oleksandr Usyk

Ukrainian world heavyweight champion Usyk doesn’t speak English, but he was able to get his message across fully during a recent interview with Parimatch. He did the interview in Ukrainian, but asked if he was “coming for” Fury, he switched to the Brit’s native tongue to send a concise message to Fury, using his real first name.

The 35-year-old defended his WBA, WBO and IBF belts in a rematch with Anthony Joshua on August 20 as he once again showcased his superior skill. Their second clash had been postponed in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, after which Usyk returned to his homeland to aid the war effort.

Usyk retained his WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO Heavyweight Championships against Joshua over the summer. And the heavyweight immediately turned his attention to a unification bout with Tyson Fury, but that bout now looks dead in the water.

Wilder, 36, returns for the first time since his back-to-back knockout defeats to Tyson Fury when he faces former sparring partner Helenius on October 15. ‘The Bronze Bomber’ considered hanging up his gloves after losing twice to Fury, but announced his return by insisting the heavyweight division needs an American champion to thrive again.

Usyk outpointed Anthony Joshua last month to retain his three heavyweight world titles, a result which saw fellow champion Tyson Fury come out of ‘retirement’ to begin negotiations for a super-fight. The clash is expected to take place in February after a date in December was ruled out.