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Promoters want Oleksandr Usyk for British fights

Promoters want Oleksandr Usyk for British fights

Promoters are determined to bring Oleksandr Usyk to the UK.

BOXXER CEO Ben Shalom has revealed that he wants to work with the Ukrainian heavyweight world champion to give him a regular home for his bouts.

Shalom told Sky Sports: "We think his fights should be in the UK. We'd love to work with Oleksandr and that's something that we are speaking about.

"He wants to fight in the UK, he knows that the UK is probably a very strong market."

Shalom is convinced that British boxing fans will be supportive of Usyk - particularly with his native Ukraine currently at war with Russia.

He said: "We've seen him over here so many times, we'd love to have him over in the UK, really build his message and build his following and have him on the home side. Because he's always come over here, whether it was [against Tony] Bellew or [Derek] Chisora and he's always been the away fighter.

"I think British fans have really bought into Oleksandr Usyk and his personality over the past few years and everything that he's done in Ukraine is inspirational as well. I think the UK can really get behind that. He can be a star in the UK. He can be the home fighter for the first time and obviously he's a unified world champion at the moment and one of the biggest stars in the sport."

Shalom argues that Usyk should be a much "bigger star" as the holder of the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO title belts.

He said: "I think Oleksandr still could become a much bigger star than he already is. He has the potential. But because he's never been someone's priority and the home side in the UK, he's probably never got to the level of stardom that he could. I think right now is the perfect time."

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