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Usyk vs Bellew: Oleksandr Usyk wants Anthony Joshua fight in 2019, says promoter Eddie Hearn

Sky Sports | Updated: 2018-11-08 15:28:16

Oleksandr Usyk's team have expressed their desire for a heavyweight showdown with Anthony Joshua in 2019, promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed.

The Ukrainian holds ambitions of challenging for titles in the top division, but must first overcome Tony Bellew at Manchester Arena on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office, with all four of Usyk's world cruiserweight belts at stake.

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Matchroom Boxing boss Hearn has already secured a multi-fight deal with Usyk and admits he could become Joshua's second opponent next year, with the unified heavyweight champion due to make his first defence at Wembley Stadium on April 13.

Asked when Usyk will move up to heavyweight, Hearn told Sky Sports: "After the Bellew fight.

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