20 Mar

"Seems Dangerous." Krassyuk on Usyk and Joshua's Third Fight

Alexander Krassyuk, head of K2 Promotions and CBDO of the Ready To Fight project, doesn't believe that British boxer Anthony Joshua (28-3, 25 KOs) truly desires a third encounter with WBA, WBO, IBF, and IBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk (21-0, 14 KOs).

"I'm not sure that AJ deep down wants a third fight with Usyk. It seems unsafe. To many, this might appear like a gambling addiction.

After losing money at roulette, you return full of confidence. You bet three times more than you lost, expecting your wager to win. But in the end, you realize you've lost everything.

Another thing making their third fight less likely is the sequence of mandatory defenses. As we all know, the next stop on the carousel will be the IBF, not the WBC. Regardless of the winner, what follows will be a rematch. And even if the IBF foregoes its mandatory defense, after the second bout, it will be the IBF's turn, not the WBC's," said Krassyuk.

Usyk and Joshua have faced each other twice. In September 2021 and August 2022, Alexander won by unanimous and split decision, respectively. Usyk's next fight is on May 18 against Tyson Fury.