Anthony Joshua urged to step aside to allow Tyson Fury to fight Oleksandr Usyk

Anthony Joshua has again been urged to should step aside to allow an undisputed heavyweight title fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk.

Joshua was the unified heavyweight champion until the end of last month, when he lost his belts to Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.

The loss put paid to plans for a massive fight between Joshua and Fury for the undisputed title, which had been scheduled for August 14 earlier this year.

And now Joshua is being asked to do what Fury's rival Wilder was asked to do, and forego his rematch clause to step aside and allow an undisputed bout.

"If AJ was to step aside and let us get the Usyk fight on, maybe he could fight the winner?" promoter Frank Warren said during an interview with talkSPORT.

"Usyk has got a rematch clause with AJ, that’s no secret. If AJ wants to step aside then I’m sure we can easily make that fight, but will he step aside? I doubt it! Maybe he will, I don’t know.

“From our perspective, we would love to do that fight, but if we can’t and Tyson wants to keep boxing, he’ll have to defend his title, if he doesn’t want to keep boxing, so be it."

Fury defended his WBC title for the first time with a win over Wilder on Saturday night and will likely fight mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte next if the Brit can get past Otto Wallin on October 30.

Fury was knocked down twice by Wilder in their trilogy fight over the weekend, but the Brit rallied to stop his rival in the 11th round.

Wilder promised he would be a different fighter in the trilogy, specifically working on targeting Fury's body to slowly break him down.

But it was deja vu for Wilder as he was dropped in the third round, the same time as their first fight.

However, he managed to then drop Fury twice in the following round, although after that point he appeared to tire.

Do you want to see Fury face Usyk next year? Let us know in the comments section!

Wilder and Fury first met back in 2018, where ‘The Gypsy King’ survived a dramatic late knockdown in the final round to split a draw – although Fury believed he had deserved to take the win.

The long-awaited rematch arrived in February 2020, with Fury a comfortable winner, claiming a seventh-round knockout that seemed to be emphatic enough to finish the rivalry.

That had looked set to put Fury on course for a Battle of Britain with Joshua.

But Wilder went to court in an effort to invoke his rematch clause, which resulted in last weekend's bout.

But now, after a hard-earned victory, their three-year rivalry is finally at an end.

On Tuesday, Fury returned to the UK to spend time with his extended family which includes his six children.

Source: Read Full Article