Boxing news: Anthony Joshua CHOOSES opponent after Ruiz fight – 'I'm 100% down for that!'

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Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz Jr on June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York while Usyk comes up against former ‘AJ’ opponent Carlos Takam on May 25.

The bout will be Usyk’s first at heavyweight following a move up from Cruiserweight under Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom banner.

His last bout at Cruiserweight ended the undisputed dreams of Tony Bellew back in November as he know goes in search of heavyweight gold.

Because Usyk held every belt in the division at 200lbs, it makes him a mandatory challenger for one of Joshua’s world titles in the event that he can pick up his first win in the division.

A victory over Takam would put him in line for a shot at Joshua’s WBO strap later this year if a mega-bout with Deontay Wilder can’t be agreed.

Joshua is all for the bout, noting that he’s never thought of vacating any of his belts in order to dodge certain opponents.

“100 per cent, I’d be down for that. I never thought of vacating a belt,” he told iFL TV.

“That’s all political stuff. I wouldn’t vacate, and I’d definitely fight Usyk. Good luck to him.

“He’d a good addition to the heavyweight crop for sure. Very talented.

“That’s a good name. For instance, if he was in the heavyweight division, and he wasn’t making his debut, if it wasn’t [Luis] Ortiz, he would have been in conversation with Usyk.

“DAZN wants good fights on their platform as well. Broadcasters need solid fights as well. They want someone like Usyk.

“They would push for the Usyk fight. They would rustle up all the finances they can to get that type of fight. The broadcasters want the lucrative fights.”

Usyk, who many believe to be one of the most well-rounded boxers in the world, represents a dangerous challenge for Joshua.

The Ukrainian occupies a spot on plenty of fans’ and pundits’ pound-for-pound top 10 lists.

The one doubt lingering over his heavyweight exploits is whether he can carry the power he had in the cruiserweight division to upwards of 200lbs.

A fight between Joshua and Usyk would likely take place back in the UK, following their next bouts in New York and Maryland, respectively.

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