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Oleksandr Usyk offers his help to Anthony Joshua in training


Speculation continues to mount surrounding Anthony Joshua’s fight with Tyson Fury in December. Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk, who has got the better of Joshua in two consecutive high-profile heavyweight title fights, has offered his help to Joshua in training.

As a result, the Ukrainian is open to arriving to the United Kingdom in order to assist Joshua. However, his promoter says that the ‘unified champion’ might ‘come and give him advice’ only if it is needed.

Alexander Krassyuk, Usyk’s promoter, told Sky Sports: “He said if needed he might come and give him a couple of [pieces of] advice.”

Usyk thoroughly outclassed Joshua to pull off an upset last year and ended up winning the unified IBF, WBO and WBA Championship. In a desperate attempt to try and reclaim his title as well as his prestige, Joshua decided to trigger his rematch clause with Usyk. He ended up boxing against Usyk for the second time last month only to find the champions winning on the basis of points once again.

In the immediate aftermath of the fight, Usyk issued out an open challenge to Tyson Fury and called for him to face him in an undisputed heavyweight title clash. It is the one fight the Ukrainian really wants but he will not be ready to box again until next year.

As a result, the doors have opened up for Fury, the WBC titlist, to take on Joshua in what will be an all-British heavyweight clash in December.

Fury has offered Joshua the opportunity to challenge him and Joshua’s management team announced on Tuesday that they have accepted terms for that possible bout on December 3.

Usyk’s team also told Sky Sports that the boxer would be ready to help Joshua for his next fight, even though it might come at the expense of Fury. For Joshua, this is an entirely new and unexpected situation.
However, when Wladimir Klitschko was heavyweight champion, Joshua joined him in camp to train and spar with him. The two subsequently maintained cordial relations even after their epic showdown at Wembley Stadium in 2017.

While Joshua’s outburst after losing the most recent match went viral on social media and became a cause for plenty of discussion, Usyk has been more sympathetic.

“He was disappointed with his defeat and he was sad,” the champion said.
“I understand that he wanted to win against me, but Anthony can’t give up. He must go forwards.”