WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk says becoming undisputed champion in a second weight class would be a ‘very loud statement’.
The former undisputed cruiserweight ruler became a two-weight world champion by dethroning unified heavyweight king Anthony Joshua at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium back in September.
Since then, the Ukrainian says life has changed, but his motivation has not been altered at all.
“My life has changed, but my rules definitely did not. I still live by my own principles and standards,” Usyk said to Forbes. “In terms of recognition, yes. I’ve been in a couple of European countries after the win, and it’s been a lot more people coming up to me.
“My mental state was fine before the fight with Joshua as it was after. I always knew what I was working toward. I was going straight up to my goals. Of course, it can change.
“That’s how things are. The victory happens and people are changing, and it’s their right. However, I felt before Joshua that I would just keep working on my state of being prepared.
Should Usyk walk away victorious in his contractually-bound rematch with Joshua, an undisputed bout with WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury could be next.
“If I get those four belts, it will be a very loud statement from me,” Usyk said.