Oleksandr USYK had already envisioned defeating Anthony Joshua twice – while he was taking a nighttime walk in the park with his promoter.
When Usick was ordered to fight Joshua, who had seen the conversation with Tyson Fury break up, he was told that a rematch clause would be involved.
But that was just to the ears of the Ukrainian – as he envisioned his chances against the British superstar with two paydays.
Joshua was stripped of his title against the former Cruiserweight King in September and has now activated his right to an immediate rematch.
But according to 34-year-old Usyk’s promoter Alex Krasuk, it was all part of his masterplan, drawn up while taking a leisurely stroll through Kiev.
Kasyuk told SunSport: “I can tell you about my conversations with Usyuk. It was then that the mediator said that Fury and Wilder had to have a third fight.
“So, before that I talked to Eddie Hearn and agreed that a fight between Usyk and Joshua we have to do together.
“So, I called Usyak and we met him. We were walking in the park at night, just walking and talking.
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“I told Usyak the following, that we have been in a position to challenge the inevitable for almost two years now and finally we have got our chance.
“And without taking into account all the obstacles that come along the way, including the interim championship, all the other obstacles, covid, etc., we are finally in a position to put this fight.
“He was overjoyed to hear about this news and told me it was something he had been waiting to hear from a long time.
“I told him that although he is the inevitable challenger, there is most likely going to be a rematch clause, with AJ being a star in the UK and being alert and well protected by his promoter Eddie Hearn.
“And Usyak said, ‘That’s even better news because I’ll have a chance to beat AJ twice.
Joshua, 31, was forced to fight Usik after Wilder won the right to a trilogy match with 33-year-old Fury, whom the American lost in round 11.
But just two weeks before the Las Vegas thriller, AJ was overtaken by Usyak, losing his WBA, IBF and WBO belts.
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The fight may take place no later than April, due to Hearn meeting to finalize terms with Krauseuk soon after.
He said: “According to the papers we signed, we have a certain amount of time elapsed within the rematch.
“It’s been seven months since the date of the fight. Now we’re in talks with Eddie.
“We’ll probably meet somewhere in Europe in several weeks or so to discuss the details and work out the strategy – where, when and how we’re going to arrange the rematch.”
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