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Anthony Joshua is “excited” at the chance to be able to Oleksandr Usyk.

Anthony Joshua

Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn says his client would be glad to challenge Usyk as he joins the heavyweight.

Joshua was the long-term target for Usyk who wants to add the world heavyweight championship to his cruiserweight honours – he debuts in the top division against Chazz Witherspoon on Sunday morning at 2am.

“Joshua was excited when we signed Usyk, he was excited to see him in the heavyweight division,” said Hearn.

“Joshua saw Usyk a lot in the amateurs and he has never been scared to fight anybody, so he’d be up for fighting Usyk.

“Usyk is the mandatory but has to keep winning, and has to show that he is ready to fight [the champions] of the division.”

Joshua must first, however, regain the belts that he lost to Andy Ruiz Jr in a rematch on December 7, but would then find Usyk as the mandatory challenger to the WBO title.

The winner of Ruiz Jr vs Joshua will face mandatory challenges from Usyk (WBO) and Kubrat Pulev (IBF) in 2020.

By Oluwatoyin Adeleye

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