Alexander USYK believes his 12-round heavyweight world title win over Anthony Joshua wasn’t even his toughest fight.
The 34-year-old Ukraine southpaw made his first 16 pro fights at the 14th 4lbs cruiserweight limit, winning all four belts to become the undisputed king.
Joshua, 31, was the 17th boss to defend the WBA, IBF and WBO in front of nearly 60,000 home fans just a few miles from his Watford home.
Yet the mustache superstar claimed he never hit Top Gear to try to land at stoppages, indicating that he had tough tests before and that there will be bigger tests in the future.
The freak said: “The plan was to just go in, see, start over, so we went in, looked and started.
“In 12th my corner said ‘speed up’ so I did and then they said ‘more new’.
“I tried to speed him up and punch him a couple of times, but I was losing my rhythm and my corner told me to slow down and throw my jab more because if I didn’t throw my jab I would loses the rhythm.
“It is the biggest fight of my career but it was not my toughest one. I think it’s in my future.”
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Usyk now has three major world titles, with Tyson Fury defending his WBC strap against Deontay Wilder on October 9.
But he has vowed to honor the rematch clause in his contract and give AJ a shot at redemption, with no chance of deviating from that big-money plan, even if he gets a direct message from Las Vegas in a few weeks.
Usyk said: “I really like challenges but we have a rematch clause in the contract with Anthony Joshua and we will respect that.
“I love challenges but it doesn’t matter if someone calls me, although I love challenges when people call me.
“Anthony Joshua is our next opponent in our minds.”
The Ukraine sensation would love to have a rematch at her country’s national stadium.
London is indeed a lucky city for me
But it is far more likely to happen in the UK or Saudi Arabia, where the time difference will put it on British primetime TV.
But it may be that Watford’s AJ should return to the capital as London 2012 Olympic winner Usyk believes it is a special place for him.
He added: “Joshua is a true warrior and fighter and he will improve his skills.
“I can’t really say for sure whether he’ll take a rematch or not, but I think he probably will.
“I would love to have the match again at the Olimpiysky Stadium in Kiev.
“But London is a really lucky city for me.”