The WBO had ordered IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua to fight unbeaten Ukrainian powerhouse Usyk after his potential fight against Tyson Fury was scrapped. Managements of both boxers were told to negotiate an agreement till May 31 or else the WBO will order a purse bid with the minimum acceptable bid fixed at $1 million.
The deadline has passed, yet the AJ’s camp has not confirmed the Brit’s next opponent.
In a recent interview, Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk seemed confident that a deal between both camps will be struck soon as Eddie Hearn and co had no reason to turn them down.
“We are waiting for King AJ’s decision whether he is brave enough to get dethroned. There are no visible obstacles to the deal not to take place. I have no idea at the moment. We are expecting his decision,” the promoter said.
Krassyuk affirmed that the former cruiserweight champ is poised to take on AJ, and he’s patiently training for his next fight.
On the flip side, Eddie Hearn has clarified that he could not give a final word on the matter unless Tyson Fury’s management “solve the issue”.