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Oleksandr Usyk is ‘already in Anthony Joshua’s head and fight is just ‘a matter of time’ – says Ukrainian’s promoter

OLEKSANDR USYK is ‘already in Anthony Joshua’s head’ according to the Ukrainian’s promoter.

Usyk fights Brit Derek Chisora this weekend, and a victory will set up his WBO mandatory shot againt the champ Joshua.

Oleksandr Usyk fights Derek Chisora in his second fight at heavyweight

Anthony Joshua takes on Kubrat Pulev in December – and could fight Usyk next year

And it is a fight that will definitely happen, according to Usyk’s co-promoter Alexander Krassyuk.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the boxing chief said: “Usyk is already in AJ’s head.

“Their fight will happen anyway, this is just a matter of time.

“There is no difference how big Usyk’s win is [versus Chisora] – AJ knows that this guy is a real threat for him.”

After becoming undisputed cruiserweight champ Usyk decided to step up to heavyweight.

With the move up the automatically became the WBO’s mandatory challenger – and of course it is AJ who holds that strap.

Joshua has his own business to take care of on December 12 with a title defence against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev.

Then there is the ‘two fights agreed’ with Tyson Fury for 2021 – though Usyk could throw a spanner into those works.

First up for the 33-year-old Ukrainian is the daunting figure of Chisora, with the two clashing at Wembley Arena.

And that should be a good test on how far Usyk can go in the heavyweight division against a seasoned banger.

And it’s something Usyk’s co-promoter Eddie Hearn is intrigued about.

He added: “What do we know about Usyk? Genius. Amazing footwork. Punch selection, timing, mental capacity.

“What we don’t know? How tough he is under heavyweight firepower.

“When he boxed Chazz Witherspoon [in his heavyweight debut last year] there were a few signs that he didn’t like what was coming back.

“Witherspoon is nowhere near as good or fast as Chisora.

“There are a lot of questions for Usyk to answer at heavyweight but he is a genius who will go down as one of the greatest fighters of our generation.”

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