UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov says he’s hopeful of seeing Oleksandr Usyk take on WBC heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury.
Khabib retired from combat sport unbeaten, after stopping Justin Gaethje in two rounds, to retain his lightweight world championship at UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
And the 32-year-old, pound-for-pound star, who was hailed as the ‘GOAT’ by UFC president Dana White in the aftermath of his victory has called for a showdown between Usyk and Fury.
“I really want to see Usyk vs Fury. It’s gonna be a very good fight,” said Khabib.
“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.”
Usyk must first get past Derek Chisora on Saturday with victory lining up a WBO mandatory shot at unified heavyweight world champion, Anthony Joshua.
And Khabib, who was ringside in Saudi Arabia to watch Joshua regain his titles against Andy Ruiz Jr in December, believes Usyk is amongst the top four fighters in world boxing.
“Right now, I think three guys. Oleksandr Usyk, Vasiliy Lomachenko and Canelo Alvarez,” the Russian added.
“Oh sorry, Tyson Fury too. Four guys. It’s very hard [to decide] who is the best.”
Usyk clashes with Chisora live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the USA on Saturday.