Oleksandr Usyk: I will be boxing Ruiz or Joshua

Oleksandr Usyk is the mandatory challenger to the WBO title that Andy Ruiz Jr took from Joshua in a New York upset in June.

Usyk wanted to end Anthony Joshua’s unbeaten streak and after watching his rival’s shock loss from ringside – admitted he “would love to do the same thing” to the former heavyweight champion.

Joshua is expected to rematch Ruiz Jr later this year with IBF, WBA and WBO gold at stake.

Usyk previously said his preference would be to challenge Joshua because “if you want to be the best, you have to fight the best”.

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“They have nowhere to go. Everything is already set up in place.”

“All we need is to just wait for the events to happen and I will definitely be boxing with one of them”, Usyk told Sky Sports.

Usyk conceded that he had hoped to be the first pro opponent to defeat Joshua.

“There is ego in every man, and I felt that I would love to do the same thing that happened in the ring.”

“But you know, it’s boxing, you never know how it will go. Later on, I gave it a second thought and analysed it and came to the conclusion that there was nothing bad in what happened.”

“Joshua had some problems that night and Ruiz Jr didn’t have that problem.”

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