Fri. Dec 2nd, 2022
Oleksandr Usyk

FILE–Oleksandr Usyk celebrates his win against Anthony Joshua. Action Footage via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Ukraine’s WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO champion Oleksandr Usyk said on Monday he would do anything to win against England’s Tyson Fury, but would be glad if the match did not end in a knockout due to the damage he had done to a boxer’s health.

The 35-year-old Ukrainian retained the heavyweight title after winning Anthony Joshua for the second consecutive year in August and is looking to add Fury’s WBC crown to his collection early next year.

He said in early November that he was only interested in fighting him later.

“Well-trained, big guy, he knows what to do. “There won’t be a walk in the park, I know that, but I’m ready,” Usyk told Polish news agency Interia.

“I will do absolutely anything to win.”

Usyk added that he never aimed for a knockout when he entered the ring and was happy when he won by points.

“Knockout is a difficult issue for an athlete. I really don’t want to take health from anyone. “I’m really happy when we both get out of the ring on our own feet.”

“Of course I want to win, but I don’t want to hurt anyone.”

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