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USYK READY TO CHALLENGE FOR HEAVYWEIGHT TITLES

Oleksandr Usyk has announced he is "ready" to take on Anthony Joshua or Andy Ruiz Jr for the unified world heavyweight crown after a successful debut in the division last weekend.

Oleksandr Usyk has announced he is “ready” to take on Anthony Joshua or Andy Ruiz Jr for the unified world heavyweight crown after a successful debut in the division last weekend.

Usyk went on to stop Chazz Witherspoon over seven rounds in Chicago to remain as the mandatory challenger to the WBO title.

Ruiz Jr will defend his IBF, WBA and WBO belts against Joshua in a rematch on December 7, live on Sky Sports Box Office and DAZN, where the winner will now have Usyk in their plans.

“I am ready to fight them,” Usyk was quoted after beating Witherspoon.

“If they are going to [offer] it to me, of course I am going to take it.”

Usyk, who was no doubt the king of the cruiserweights being the undisputed champion and the winner of the World Boxing Super Series last year, has previously made it known that his dream fight would be against Joshua at Wembley Stadium.

Promoter Eddie Hearn speaking to the media has been quoted as saying: “Joshua was excited when we signed Usyk, he was excited to see him in the heavyweight division.

“Joshua saw Usyk a lot in the amateurs and he has never been scared to fight anybody.”

Hearn speaking last week before Usyk’s heavyweight debut said: “He will fight for the world heavyweight title in his next fight, if he beats [Witherspoon]. He wants to jump straight in. He thinks he can beat everybody.

“We’ll never really know until he’s in with the elite of the elite. Those four or five guys, big, big men that can really test him.”

By Kenny Leavett.

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