Oleksandr Usyk has received further accusations of cowardice this week, this time from the direction of Deontay Wilder.
Tyson Fury stated recently that the Usyk was scared to face him in an historic undisputed heavyweight world title fight, despite the impression amongst fans being that he bent over backwards to try and get the bout made.
And now Deontay Wilder has backed up what old foe Fury said about the Ukrainian, when asked about a potential fight with Usyk by ES News.
“I’m all for it, but he’s [Usyk] a little afraid. Actually, he’s a lot afraid. I’m in the business, so I know a lot of things.
I’m ready to go any given moment in time and place, no matter what it is. They know that.
I don’t put up too much fight in terms of trying to get a fight done, I’m simple. I feel like we can all eat, and that’s how it should be.
But they don’t make ’em like me, I’m very rare!”
Wilder sits just beside WBA mandatory challenger Daniel Dubois for a shot at Usyk, and the sanctioning body have stated that if a deal cannot be agreed with ‘DDD,’ Usyk must defend his titles against Wilder next.
However, the small matter of a blockbuster fight with Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia this December may prove to be a stumbling block for that.
Skills Challenge Entertainment intend to stage Joshua vs Wilder on the same night as Fury vs Usyk, in what would be arguably the biggest night in the history of the sport.