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Usyk reveals how many times he will fight before retiring

Oleksandr Usyk has revealed he plans to fight three more times before ending his professional boxing career.

The Ukrainian edged Anthony Joshua in August to beat the Briton for the second time in 11 months and retain the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight belts he took from ‘AJ’ last September.

Usyk, 35, was set to face WBC titleholder Tyson Fury to crown an undisputed heavyweight champion, but the Briton’s desired fight date will come too soon for Usyk. As such, Fury has turned his attention to fellow countryman Joshua, with a long-awaited fight between the two on the cards for December.

However, Usyk isn’t giving up on a potential contest with Fury and told YouTube channel USYK17 on Thursday (Sept. 22): “I can fight three more times at my best. It’s a realistic prospect for my best form.”

When asked who he hopes to fight before retiring, Usyk replied: “Fury, ‘Canelo’ and a farewell fight at the Olympic Stadium [in Kyiv].

“Canelo, he wanted to fight me, but it will be a weird occasion, just to make some money.”

Heavyweight Fury, 34, is undefeated like Usyk, while Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is a multi-weight world champion.

The Mexican is the undisputed super middleweight champion and has also held middleweight, light-middleweight and light-heavyweight titles.

The ambitious Alvarez has expressed a desire to make his biggest jump in weight yet to take on Usyk, who previously reigned as the only undisputed cruiserweight champion of the four-belt era.

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