Oleksandr Usyk wants to fight Anthony Joshua in his next fight, provided he can overcome the challenge of Andy Ruiz Jr.
The Brit will travel to Saudi Arabia on December 7 in an attempt to wrestle back the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles which were ripped from his waist in New York back in June.
Usyk made his professional debut after moving up from cruiserweight on Saturday night in Chicago, stopping Chazz Witherspoon in seven rounds.
Despite being out for 11 months and having a change of opponent in fight week, the Ukrainian looked dominant and assured against a far bigger man.
And the 32-year-old , who is the WBO mandatory challenger, is hoping Joshua prevails in the desert to set up an intriguing world title clash.
“It’s not a question for me, it’s a question for Eddie [Hearn], whatever he can bring to me,” Usyk said after his win over Witherspoon.
“But if it were up to me, I probably will pick up the winner of Joshua – Ruiz.”
Asked who he preferred to face, Usyk replied: “I think Joshua.”
Usyk weighed 15lbs over the cruiserweight limit for his heavyweight debut and the Ukrainian admits he will bulk up even more for his next contest.
“I think I will add more weight, and we have time to add more weight,’ said Usyk.
“But adding more weight is absolutely no problem, the problem will be in the speed adding the weight.
“‘So we need to do that properly, we need to do that with timing, in the right way to add the weight, we don’t want to lose the boxing skills.”
Usyk also dismissed a suggestion he should be throwing harder punches in fewer attempts.
“I think I probably need to land my punches more precisely instead of making them heavy punches,’ said Usyk.
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“If you have doubts about that you can call a couple of my opponents and they can tell you if I can hit them or not.
“I hit a lot and I’m going to be hitting a lot.”