Anthony Joshua preparing to fight alternative opponent instead of Tyson Fury

Anthony Joshua has revealed that he is already preparing to fight Oleksandr Usyk despite the fact he may not be fighting the Ukrainian within the next year.

Usyk, who moved up to heavyweight last year after unifying the cruiserweight division, is Joshua’s mandatory challenger for the WBO title.

Joshua, meanwhile, is now scheduled to face Kubrat Pulev, the IBF’s mandatory challenger, on June 20.

And the prospect of a unification fight against Tyson Fury, providing he wins his third bout against Deontay Wilder this summer, is on the cards for later this year.

But Joshua admits he is still training for the prospect of facing Usyk in the near future.

‘I’ve actually been preparing for a southpaw, because some time down the line, I know I’ll fight Usyk anyway, so the smart thing to do would be to start preparing, start sharpening my tools,’ Joshua told Sky Sports.

‘That’s the brilliant thing now.

‘I know I’m fighting, like two to three times a year, so it gives me enough time to actually practice and start working on certain aspects.’

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