Oleksandr Usyk claims he has not even started thinking about Anthony Joshua yet

Oleksandr Usyk challenges Anthony Joshua for his string of world heavyweight titles on Saturday night in London but the challenger claims he has not even started thinking about the champion yet.

AJ puts his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts on the line at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in what could be the trickiest test of his career so far against the man known as The Cat.

Usyk (18-0) may only have had two fights at heavyweight, but he picked up every world title on offer at cruiserweight before making the move up and will have his first crack at gold in his new weight division against Joshua (24-1) and a chance to put his name among the all-time greats.

The Ukrainian, who won Olympic gold at heavyweight in the same year Joshua triumphed at super heavyweight, says he is yet to turn his attention to what the Brit might do in the ring in north London, but is more concerned about how his son is getting on at school at the moment.

‘At the moment I don’t think about Anthony Joshua,’ Usyk told The Sun. ‘I don’t think about what he will do, what he will use or how he will box.

‘I have a little bit of timing to finish my training camp now, I might think about it then.

‘Right now I think more about how my son feels at school because he has just started first grade and he really did not want to go and do it.

‘He was saying: “I don’t want to go to school, dad. I am bored at school and you’re not there.”

‘But everything is fine now, he seems to have calmed down. So I probably think more about that than what Anthony Joshua will do in the ring.’

An undefeated southpaw, former world and Olympic champion is a nightmarish prospect for Joshua, but some have claimed Usyk has not looked nearly as threatening in his two heavyweight outings as he did at 200lbs.

A seventh round stoppage of Chazz Witherspoon was followed by a points victory over Derek Chisora, and while Joshua will be a much bigger challenge for the 34-year-old, he is not concerned by his performances at heavyweight thus far.

‘Some of them very much do not understand what is happening in the ring, how difficult it is or, in some cases, how easy it is. People just have an image that they think up,’ said Usyk of his critics.

‘The fact is I boxed Derek for 12 rounds but he is actually a very difficult guy to beat. If you look at his two fights with Tyson Fury then he has gone 22 rounds with him.’

Joshua and Usyk meet on Saturday 25 November at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium live on Sky Sports Box Office.

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