WBO Considering Granting Sanction For Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury
The final details in making Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury a reality appear to be getting closer to being hammered out.
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn has said that Joshua vs. Fury is pretty much a “done deal” although nothing has been signed. That’s because Hearn says there are some minor details that need to be figured out, such as a venue, date, and the WBO mandatory status. Oleksandr Usyk is the mandatory WBO Heavyweight Title challenger but there is hope he will step aside.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk said the WBO is considering granting sanction to Joshua vs. Fury.
“I received the call from George Warren [the son of Joyce’s promoter Frank Warren] with the offer to promote Usyk vs Joyce for the interim WBO heavyweight championship this spring. We also received the letter from WBO saying that they are considering granting sanction for AJ vs Fury. But Usyk has never received any serious offer nor anyone approached him with the offer to ‘step aside’. We all read it from media.”
Krassyuk said it’s time for the promoters involved in putting Joshua vs. Fury together to make Usyk a serious offer.
“I know that the WBO in general and its president Paco Valcarcel, in particular, will never violate the rules of its organization and sanction the major fight without Usyk’s consent. So now is the best time for the AJ vs Fury fight promoters to make Usyk a serious offer either to fight the WBO champion or to step aside and fight for the interim.”
Queensberry Promotions’ Frank Warren has said he’s working towards an interim WBO Heavyweight Title fight between Usyk and Joe Joyce. Whether or not it comes to fruition remains to be seen.