Hearn: Usyk Should Be WBO Mandatory If He Moves Up
Eddie Hearn has thrown another potential name in the race to see who will face Anthony Joshua next, as Oleksandr Usyk ponders a move to heavyweight.
Usyk, who currently is the undisputed world cruiserweight champion, has been pondering a move past 205 pounds since defeating Tony Bellew in late 2018, even signing with Matchroom Boxing to ensure top fights at heavyweight.
While the Ukrainian is weighing his options, Hearn, who promotes unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, told Sky Sports that an interesting loophole would have Usyk jump a crowded field.
Hearn told Sky Sports: “Under the WBO rules, Usyk, once he steps up – if he steps up – should become that automatic mandatory. I was with the WBO last week in Puerto Rico.”
While Dillian Whyte is the number one contender for the WBO, Whyte has blasted a previous offer from his promoter claiming Hearn “lowballed” him. Despite Hearn claiming to the contrary, the Matchroom Boxing boss claims time is running out for Whyte.
“Dillian is No 1. That won’t be called for another month or so, and it’s not due until September, October,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “But Dillian is in the running to be that mandatory, but if you turn down a shot at the world heavyweight title, these don’t come around very often.
“I want to make sure that deal is good enough for him to accept, but I also want him to take it, because this is it. This is the world heavyweight championship.
“You’ve got a chance to fight for it, in your own country, to become the king of the division.”
Citing precedence, Terence Crawford became the WBO mandatory opponent for the welterweight title when he would abdicate his super-lightweight titles.
Report Via Sky Sports