Barry Gives Odds Of Parker-Usyk
While many believe Anthony Joshua will be forced to vacate his WBO world heavyweight title if he goes forward with a fight with IBF mandatory Kubrat Pulev, Kevin Barry is not one of them.
Barry, who trains former WBO world heavyweight champion Joseph Parker, believes the governing body will allow Joshua to retain his status as champion until he fights Usyk this summer.
“In the background, we’ve been anxiously waiting to see two things – one if the WBO would strip Joshua, or if Joshua would not want anyone else to fight Usyk. We’re sitting there at No 2 in the world with the WBO. If that was going to happen, we were going to get the fight with Usyk that we were very, very keen on and one that we’re very confident in. It’s looking least likely now that fight is going to happen,” Barry told Sky Sports as Parker prepares for a February 29th return to action.
“I try to look at every scenario. I talked with [WBO president] Paco [Valcarcel] last week. I just said to him, don’t you think if the WBO took that belt off Joshua, and Parker and Usyk, two former WBO world champions fought each other, then the winner of that fight would fight Joshua in the summer and it would be a unification fight.”
“The other option was – would Joshua perceive that as a risk and missing out on a mega payday,” questioned Barry. “I honestly believe what we’re going to see is Usyk [choosing to wait] and he will fight Joshua in the summer, providing Joshua blows out Pulev, which he should look spectacular doing. I would love nothing more than the opportunity for us to fight Usyk, but the reality of it is, I don’t think it’s going to happen.”