Oleksandr Usyk has claimed he plans to retire after three more fights.
The Ukrainian remains undefeated in his career and ranked is among the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world right now after back-to-back heavyweight victories over Anthony Joshua.
At 35, Usyk, speaking on his Usyk-17 promotion company’s YouTube channel via The Mirror, has acknowledged that retirement isn’t too far away, but wants to fight both Tyson Fury and Canelo Alverez before he hangs up his gloves for good.
‘I can have three more fights at the very most. It is the most realistic to be in my top form, with Fury, Canelo and a farewell fight at Olympiyskiy,’ Usyk said.
‘With Canelo he said that he wanted to fight me. It would be a freak fight just for the sake of earning money. People say I’m a freak. Why not?’
Usyk did however admit that he only intends to defend his titles one more time – against Fury – before ending his career with two more bouts for different reasons.
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‘I only need to beat Fury and then it is time to retire for me,’ he said.
‘The unification of all the belts is much more important than just a fight or another defence. I want to outbox Fury and I don’t want to work that much just for another defence. There is much more that I can achieve.
‘It is just for money with Canelo.’
It is expected that Usyk will eventually fight Fury, though the Brit is nearing a deal to fight Joshua next.
Canelo, meanwhile, recently defeated Gennady Golovkin in a trilogy bout and seemingly has his heart set on a rematch with Dmitry Bivol after suffering a shock defeat in May.
Usyk may therefore have to wait for his dream fights, but understandably hopes he can see out his career in his home country, which he has returned to after his victory over Joshua amid Russia’s invasion.