Usyk, who has the WBO, IBF, and WBA belts, will have to put the disappointment of the undisputed fight not happening quickly behind him.
As per the directives of the WBA, Usyk has been asked to commence discussions with his mandatory challenger Daniel Dubois.
Oleksandr Usyk on his next fight: “It will probably be Daniel Dubois at the end of the summer… I will go to Britain, I love it very much. My first big achievements were in Britain. Then Anthony Joshua. I like this place, I like the fans, the people.” [Volodymyr Kobelkov]
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) April 4, 2023
Presently, Dubois is the holder of the WBA ‘regular’ heavyweight championship belt, which he won after overcoming Trevor Bryan.
Both fighters have been given a month to negotiate the fight. If they fail to reach an agreement, the WBA will conduct a purse bid before May 2nd, 2023.
Hrgovic And Joyce
Filip Hrgovic, ranked number one by the IBF, is also in line for a shot too. While that may be the case, he may take on an interim title fight before this.
Meanwhile, the WBO has set out their plans for their interim heavyweight champion. The current titleholder, Joe Joyce, who defeated Joseph Parker, will be defending the title against Zhilei Zhang on April 15th, 2023.
The winner of this fight will then have the opportunity to take on the Ukrainian. And yet, there is still another point to consider.
Given that the talks for the undisputed bout could restart, provided that the Middle East is willing to pay both Fury and Usyk a heavier purse, then the question of step-aside money could come into play.
With that being said, watch this space.