Promoter: Oleksandr Usyk Never Gave Consent For Joshua vs. Fury Without Him Being Involved
The promoter of Oleksandr Usyk says the former undisputed cruiserweight champion is still very much involved in whether or not Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury happens.
Usyk is the mandatory challenger for the WBO Heavyweight Championship. He earned that distinction as he vacated his cruiserweight gold to move up in weight. He has expressed his desire to challenge Joshua next but a megafight between “AJ” and Fury has a ton of steam.
During an interview with Sky Sports, Usyk’s promoter, Alexander Krassyuk, said that Usyk hasn’t given his blessing for Joshua vs. Fury.
“According to now, the deadline is more for Fury and AJ not for Usyk. There were talks about an interim title or the AJ vs Fury winner relinquishing the WBO title the next day [after they fight]. But as for today Usyk is the WBO mandatory and never gave his consent for the [Joshua vs Fury] bout to happen without him.
“Usyk is in good conditions now, he successfully recovered from his last fight and looks forward to fight challenge the title this spring. Usyk has no intention of biding his time with an extra fight before challenging for the WBO belt. A non-title fight has never been under discussion and I really hope it will never be.”
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn has said many options are being explored to make Joshua vs. Fury a reality. One potential plan is to have “AJ” and “The Gypsy King” fight for the undisputed gold, with the WBO title being vacated shortly after the fight. Another is to simply have Joshua relinquish his gold before fighting Fury.