OLEKSANDR USYK has been installed as the WBO’s mandatory challenger and Andy Ruiz is confident that he will repeat his win over Joshua then line up the former cruiserweight champion. Usyk beat Tony Bellew in his final fight at cruiserweight last year and immediately set his sights on the heavyweights.
Current IBF, WBA and WBO holder Ruiz, though, has vowed to repeal all challenges to his throne, starting with Joshua should they meet again. “He’s not good at boxing,” he told multiple outlets. “The rematch is going to be the same. I know his flaws. The only thing he can do is just run around.”
Eddie Hearn has got a rebuilding job on his hands as he bids to bring Anthony Joshua back to the top of the heavyweight tree following that shock seventh-round defeat to Ruiz. Yet he also has an eye on the other two big names in the division as he believes that Deontay Wilder will rematch Tyson Fury in his next fight.