Oleksandr Usyk has weighed in with some advice for two-time foe Anthony Joshua, echoing the sentiment expressed by many that AJ needs to weed out the tag-a-longs in his camp and surround himself with people who have his best interests at heart.
Speaking to Parimatch, the Ukranian said that Joshua still had the scope to improve as a fighter – given he had the right team around him.
“He has powerful potential for his development, but he just needs to get rid of people who prevent him progressing.”
“These extra people around him who want to give the best piece of advice, who all want to share his success, he just doesn’t need them.”
“He has to think about his team. But above all he is such a great guy and I wish him good luck.”
Usyk went on to say that, despite besting Joshua comfortably in both of their meetings to date, he would not be opposed to facing a Brit a third time, particularly if it was a homecoming fight in Kyiv.
“If Fury doesn’t agree I think we could try to have another fight. We already had a match in London and in Saudi Arabia as well, so the next one could be at the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv.”
How the heavyweight landscape unfolds is still up in the air, with pundits unsure whether Fury will pursue a hotly anticipated fight with Joshua in December or wait for an undisputed clash with Usyk in the new year.