Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury would both beat heavyweight contender Oleksandr Usyk, according to former cruiserweight world champion Tony Bellew. Usyk is Joshua’s WBO mandatory challenger.
Joshua is set to face IBF mandatory Kubrat Pulev later this year once the coronavirus pandemic has passed.
Fury, on the other hand, has to fight Wilder for a third time, having beaten him in February to win the WBC world title.
Usyk’s a real threat to the two heavyweight champions in Joshua and Fury, as well as former champ Deontay Wilder.
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But Bellew believes the Ukrainian would struggle against both Joshua and Fury because of their size.
Usyk faced off against Bellew for the undisputed cruiserweight titles in 2018 but came up short and was brutally knocked out in the eighth round.
“[Usyk’s] a brilliant fighter,” Bellew said on Colin Murray’s 52 podcast.
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“People always ask me ‘how will he do as a heavyweight’ so let’s just get down to it.
“I think he will beat every single heavyweight out there besides two and they are the big boys.
“I don’t think he is big enough to beat AJ and I don’t think he is big enough to beat Tyson Fury.
“The only thing that can beat him [Usyk] is size.
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“Don’t get me wrong when he fights AJ, I think he’ll be ahead.
“But then I think AJ will get to him and work him down and gradually he will get there.
“When it comes to Tyson Fury, he just won’t be allowed to get close enough. Fury is that big.”
Joshua last fought against Andy Ruiz in Saudi Arabia, where he won back the WBA, WBO and IBF belts he lost the Mexican last summer in New York.
Fury is the last remaining top five heavyweight in boxing without a loss, but he’s likely to be pitted against Joshua in a huge undisputed clash next year.
But Usyk’s manager Alex Krassyuk says his client gets a shot at AJ first.
“Most likely, we will push Joshua to fight Usyk first, and then the unification between Fury and Usyk. It’s complicated to say who’s the best,” he said.
“The best is the one who won, but he can lose tomorrow.”
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