Anthony Joshua has revealed he has already started plotting how to eventually defeat Oleksandr Usyk.
IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion Joshua has Usyk and Kubrat Pulev as his mandatory challengers, with the latter in pole position to be his next opponent.
“When I’m trying to build my record, I want opponents like Usyk to say that I’ve defeated them.
“He uses his feet very well, and positions his hands well. You can’t hit him because his feet move so well. If you do manage to catch him, [the punches] are brushing off the gloves.
“What I’d do, as I have done already, is study him – from his footwork, his hand positioning, to his openings.
“Then I’d go to former people who have faced him and find out information on how to defeat him.”
Undefeated Usyk defended his undisputed cruiserweight championship against Tony Bellew, a former stablemate of Joshua’s with Matchroom Boxing.
Michael Hunter, also promoted by Matchroom, endured his only loss against Usyk but told Sky Sports last week: “Usyk would [beat] Joshua on points.”
Usyk won his heavyweight debut against Chazz Witherspoon, but Joshua said: “Usyk is a great cruiserweight, the undisputed cruiserweight champion, who has decided to move up to heavyweight to mix it with the big boys.
“He’s still exploring the division but he wants a piece of the big pie – he’s more than welcome to try to take this out of my hands.”