Published On: Sat, Apr 13th, 2019

Boxing news: Anthony Joshua WILL fight Oleksandr Usyk, Deontay Wilder | Boxing | Sport

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That’s according to Matchroom Boxing CEO Frank Smith.

Anthony Joshua’s long-awaited return to the ring will see him take on Jarrell Miller in New York’s Madison Square Garden on June 1, but the unified world champion’s next fight after that is already being talked about.

A fight with Deontay Wilder to contest all four belts – Joshua’s three WBA, IBF and WBO straps and Wilder’s WBC title – is the hope, but Usyk is another who could come into the picture.

Unbeaten Ukrainian Usyk – the undisputed king of the cruiserweight division – steps up to heavyweight for the first time when he takes on Carlos Takam on May 25, with Joshua having defeated the Cameroon-born fighter in October 2017.

Usyk’s promoter Alex Krassyuk has suggested the 32-year-old could become a mandatory for Joshua’s heavyweight WBO belt if he beats Takam, which would see him vacate WBO’s cruiserweight strap.

Joshua himself says he would relish such a battle, telling Sky Sports recently: “I think it will be class if I can fight Wilder for the undisputed title and then I could fight Usyk because then that would be the undisputed heavyweight champion versus the undisputed cruiserweight champion at heavyweight. That would be unbelievable.”

And Smith believes such Joshua and Usyk going head-to-head is inevitable.

He said of Joshua’s next fight to iFLTV: “You’ve got that possibly. He’s also got possibly an IBF mandatory as well. I saw Bob Arum going in on Eddie Hearn the other day about that. 

“So we’ll see what happens. Usyk wants to fight anyone and everyone, hence what he’s showing – he’s come in straight away and fighting Carlos Takam. 

“He’s [Takam’s] up there in the top heavyweights, he lost to AJ but he’s got a big name and he’s a big lump as well. 

“For his [Usyk’s] first fight at heavyweight it’s a big test. 

“Obviously you don’t get to where Usyk’s got, 15 fights or 16 fights, undisputed cruiserweight champion and he wants to do that at heavyweight as well.

“It’s going to be an interesting journey.

“I think that’s a fight [Joshua vs Usyk] that will happen, yeah, down the line. I don’t know when. But I think that will happen.”

But Smith has also tipped Usyk to meet Wilder at some point, with the WBC champion on the lighter end of the heavyweight scale.

Told Usyk could decide heavyweight is not for him after fighting Takam, Smith responded: “Somehow I don’t think so though. I quite like the Usyk-Wilder fight. 

“Wilder’s not massive, is he? He’s like 15st 9, he weighs less than me. Like how is that possible? I’m 16st 6.”

Wilder is next in action when he defends his belt against mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale in New York on May 18.

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