Khabib Nurmagomedov reveals he wants Tyson Fury to snub Anthony Joshua and fight Oleksandr Usyk instead ahead of UFC 254

KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV has claimed that he wants Tyson Fury to fight Oleksandr Usyk.

The Russian takes on Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 tonight but has been linked with a possible boxing bout with Floyd Mayweather in the future.


Khabib gave his assessment on his fellow combat sport prior to Vasyl Lomachenko’s recent defeat to Teofimo Lopez.

The 32-year-old had named the Ukrainian as one of the best around but snubbed Anthony Joshua when picking boxing's best.

He told reporters: “Right now, I think three guys. Oleksandr Usyk, Vasyl Lomachenko and Canelo Alvarez.

“Oh sorry, Tyson Fury too. Four guys. It’s very hard [to decide] who is the best.”

He is not like other heavyweights, more technique, his footwork is very good, his conditioning is very good, I really wanna watch Usyk against Fury.

Fury recently confirmed he has ditched his planned trilogy fight against Deontay Wilder and is now free to deliver an all-British heavyweight unification showdown with Joshua next year.

Yet Khabib has claimed he would much rather see the Gypsy King face Usyk.

He added: “I really want to see Usyk vs Fury. It’s gonna be a very good fight. He [Usyk] has very good skill and technique, Tyson Fury too.

“He is not like other heavyweights, more technique, his footwork is very good, his conditioning is very good, I really wanna watch Usyk against Fury.”

Khabib meanwhile is 'destroying everyone' in the gym ahead of his own fight against Gaethje according to his coach Javier Mendez.

The Russian also reveled he wants to head to England after the fight to watch Manchester United and Liverpool.

Earlier today, SunSport exclusively revealed Tony Ferguson is a potential opponent for Khabib if he decides to fight again.

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