OLEKSANDR USYK has distanced himself away from a fight against unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
Unified cruiserweight world champion Usyk, 31, is signed to DAZN and promoter Eddie Hearn, with the Ukrainian last seen defeating Tony Bellew, 36, after eight rounds last month.
PA:Press Association7 Usyk owns the WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF cruiserweight world titles
REUTERS7 Joshua is a WBC title away from becoming unified heavyweight champion
Usyk and Hearn have made it clear a move up to heavyweight will be a plan for the future which brought speculation that a fight with Joshua, 30, could be imminent.
Hearn’s rival promoter Frank Warren even claimed Joshua would fight Usyk on April 13 next year, instead of Dillian Whyte, Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury.
Warren said: “I am now hearing Joshua’s next opponent for April 13 is not going to be Dillian Whyte and will be Oleksandr Usyk, let them get on with it.
“I know why they want to fight Usyk, he is a smaller guy and not much of a puncher."
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PA:Press Association7 Usyk defended his world titles against Bellew in November
Getty Images – Getty7 Usyk KO’d Bellew in round eight with a brutal left-hook
Reuters7 It was the first time Usyk defended all his world titles
However, speaking to FightHype, the Ukrainian revealed the speculation of a fight against Joshua was ‘fake’.
Usyk said: “It’s fake”.
When asked what his immediate plans were, Usyk said: “I don’t know.
“Now it’s a relax, no boxing, now it’s a relax, my family – for now I just want to relax and do nothing.”
News Group Newspapers Ltd7 Joshua is yet to have a conformed opponent for the April bout
Mark Robinson7 Usyk claims he is not thinking about boxing as he plans to rest
Usyk was in attendance to watch his countrymen Oleksandr Gvozdyk defeat Adonis Stevenson for the WBC light-heavyweight title.
On the same night Fury 30, challenged for the WBC heavyweight crown against Wilder, 33.
And Usyk claimed Fury should have been awarded the decision victory, as he also praised the Gypsy
King’s amazing recovery after being dropped in the final round.
“Fury win, eight rounds – maybe Wilder, three-four maximum rounds.
“Fury is a very good guy, Wilder killed Fury, (after 12th round knockdown) – Fury 1-2-3, okay, whoops – stand up.”