Anthony Joshua refuses to rule out allowing Tyson Fury to fight Oleksandr Usyk

Joshua is due to face Usyk for a second time next spring but Fury wants his fellow countryman to step aside and allow him to face the Ukrainian

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Where does Tyson Fury’s win leave the world heavyweight scene?

Anthony Joshua WOULD listen to offers to skip a rematch with Oleksandr Usyk and allow Tyson Fury to face the unified heavyweight world champion.

Joshua is scheduled to take on Usyk for a second time next spring having lost his titles to the Ukrainian in September.

But Fury wants his fellow countryman to accept a huge fee to step aside and allow him the chance to become the undisputed champion.

And while Joshua still intends to purse a second meeting with Usyk, he refused to rule out skipping the sequel.

“I think people know not to approach me with that rubbish,” he told iFL. “People know not to approach me with that bulls***.



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“It may have come to my team but I think they know not to bring to me at the minute.

“At this stage of my career it’s not about the money, it’s about the respect. You’ve got to look at what I want out of this game; number one is respect, you don’t have to like me but you will respect me.

“The second is to go down as a throwback fighter, someone who was willing to fight the best in their division so that when I walk the streets with my son, my cousin and my nephews, people will know I’m a real fighter.

“In terms of stepping aside, I don’t know if that goes in line with what a morally stand for… but I want to be known as one of the smartest businessmen as well.

“I want to make the smart decisions and if the money is right we would have to look at it but respect has more value than money.

“Will I take the step-aside money? If its a smart business move.. will it affect my reputation and respect? Will I still get to fight the best fighters? Those are the three things I have to consider.”

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If Joshua fights Usyk, Fury will instead have to take on British rival Dillian Whyte.

That fight had been expected to be ordered at the WBC convention earlier this month but a decision has been delayed until Whyte’s arbitration with the sanctioning body is resolved.

Fury’s hope, however, is that he can face Usyk for all four belts.

“I’d prefer him to just let me fight [Usyk],” he said last week. “Because if Joshua goes in again and loses, which I think he will, that fight’s dead in the water for me.

“Because, you don’t lose two fights and then go into a massive heavyweight title fight.

“But if he lets me fight Usyk and I batter Usyk, then I’d come back and fight Joshua, batter him as well.

“Then, I can just f*** off and they can all fight for the belts. I’d retire.”

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