Oleksandr Usyk has vowed to face Tyson Fury in his next bout following his victory over Anthony Joshua, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.
Ukrainian Usyk beat Joshua via split decision – 113 to 115, 115 to 113 and 116 to 112 – after both fighters went the full 12 rounds at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Saturday.
The win follows their bout last year in London, where Usyk claimed the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts from the British-Nigerian boxer.
Speaking after the bout, Usyk said, “I’m sure that Tyson Fury is not retired yet. I’m convinced he wants to fight me. I want to fight him. If I’m not fighting Fury I’m not fighting at all.
“Only God knows whether I will fight him or not but all these gentlemen here around me, my team, they are going to help me. Thanks, Lord for everything.”
The Ukrainian also dedicated his win to his countrymen and everyone who supported him.
“I want to thank everyone who prayed for me. I want to thank God for the help he gave me today because he did give me a lot today. My lord is Jesus Christ. I can thank you Saudi. Thank you so much.
“I devote this victory to my family, my country, my team, to all the military defending this country. Thank you so much.
“This is already history. Many generations are going to watch this fight, especially the round when someone tried to beat me hard but I stood it and came back.”