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Oleksandr Usyk open to Canelo Alvarez fight at heavyweight, but on condition he can retain heavyweight titles to continue fighting Tyson Fury winner Dillian Whyte

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Oleksandr Usyk has welcomed a potential fight with pound-for-pound king Canelo Alvarez at heavyweight – as long as he can retain his world heavyweight titles.

The Mexican was crowned the undisputed super middleweight champion last year by beating Callum Smith, Billy Joe Saunders and Caleb Plant to win all four belts in the space of 11 months.

Usyk was the undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO world heavyweight champion, and is now the WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight champion
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In a shock move, Canelo has since teased a potential future of moving up to cruise weight to take on Ilunga Makabu.

WBC champion Makabu holds one of four belts Usyk had in the division.

Between 2016 and 2018, the Ukrainian cleaned up the weight class, beating all the top champions of the time.

Even better, he did it in each of their home countries.

Canelo is the undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO super middleweight world champion
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Now Usyk is at heavyweight and reigns as WBA, IBF and WBO champion after dethroning Anthony Joshua.

AJ activated his contract clause to force a rematch and it has to happen next.

If he does return, Usyk has made it clear that his aim is to have an undisputed fight against Tyson Fury’s winner against Dillian Whyte, which is live on talkSPORT on Saturday night.

Oleksandr Usyk open to Canelo Alvarez fight at heavyweight, but on condition he can retain heavyweight titles to continue fighting Tyson Fury winner Dillian Whyte
Fury has the only belt Usyk doesn’t have at heavyweight
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As such, when asked about a possible clash with Canelo, he insisted he would only agree on one condition.

Usyk replied, “Canelo is a handsome man.

“If he wants to box with me at cruiserweight, then I can go.

“But on condition that I still have my heavyweight belts because I will return later.”

talkSPORT will bring you live coverage of the huge world heavyweight title fight between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte at Wembley on Saturday night, with our coverage starting at 7.30pm and featuring expert analysis from Ben Davison’s ringside

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