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Anthony Joshua outlines preparation to beat Oleksandr Usyk



Joshua holds the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight belts after his win over Andy Ruiz Jr and is looking forward to facing 'credible' opponents like Usyk

Anthony Joshua has outlined why he wants to fight Oleksandr Usyk - and how he plans to beat him.

Joshua now holds the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight belts following his victory over Andy Ruiz Jr last weekend, and is expected to take on either Oleksandr Usyk or Kubrat Pulev in his next bout.

In the longer term the 30-year-old Brit wants to unify the heavyweight belts by fighting the winner of next month's clash between Tyson Fury and WBC champion Deontay Wilder .

In the meantime Bulgarian bruiser Pulev is the IBF's next mandatory challenger for Joshua, while the WBO has ordered the Londoner to fight Ukrainian fighter Usyk, who has recently stepped up from cruiserweight.

Joshua said: "Usyk is a great cruiserweight. He was the undisputed cruiserweight champion and he's decided to move up to heavyweight to come and mix it with the big boys.

"He's still exploring the division but he wants a piece of the big pie, which he's more than welcome to try and take from my hands.

"He's a great former cruiserweight champion and heavyweight challenger that will be in my eyesights for around end of March or early April to defend my titles against."

Joshua said a win over Usyk would give more credibility to his titles, won from an out-of-shape Ruiz who admitted his preparations to fight the Brit had been less than ideal.

"He's a very credible opponent, and I feel like when I'm trying to build my record, I want opponents like Usyk on there that I can say I've defeated," said Joshua.

"Pulev has a great jab, learns back which means he stays out of range, kind of like a Tyson Fury style. Use the jab and stay out of range.

"Usyk uses his feet very well. He positions his hands so you can't hit him because his feet are moving so well, and if you do manage to catch him then it's brushing off the gloves."

Joshua revealed he is already doing his homework on Usyk as he plots how to beat him, saying: "What I'll do, as I have been already, is study him from his footwork to his hand placement to find the openings.

"Then I'll go to former people who have faced him to find information to defeat him."

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