Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk will be ordered by the WBO in the next 48 hours, with Fury vs. Wilder 3 to follow.
After an arbitrator ordered that Tyson Fury must rematch Deontay Wilder by September 15, Anthony Joshua will face Oleksandr Usyk.
According to sources close to the WBO, Anthony Joshua will be ordered to defend his world heavyweight championships against Oleksandr Usyk within the next 48 hours. The news that Tyson Fury must legally agree to a third fight with Deontay Wilder by September 15 stunned Eddie Hearn, AJ, and the boxing world on Monday night, putting the undisputed bout scheduled for Saudi Arabia on August 14 on the verge of collapse.
If the Gypsy King wants to pursue the all-British mega-fight with Joshua next, arbitrator Daniel Weinstein decided that he must pay Wilder a substantial step-aside fee.
The Wilder trilogy is now slated for July 24 in Las Vegas, and Fury and his promoter Bob Arum have previously stated that this will not happen.
The Bronze Bomber has requested a stunning £17 million to move out of the way, as first revealed by Express Sport yesterday.
Fury, the WBC and Ring Magazine world champion, is gearing up for a third fight with Wilder later this summer, writing on social media: “What a joke Deontay Wilder has become, asking for $20 million to go over. Joker. It appears that I will have to crack his head once more.”
After Tyson Fury’s court ruling, Oleksandr Usyk’s promoter is in talks to fight Anthony Joshua.
Alexander Krassyuk, Usyk’s promoter, stated yesterday that he was in talks with Hearn about a possible fight with Joshua.
The Ukrainian’s lawyer then sent a letter to the WBO yesterday, threatening legal action if the fight is not ordered.
The WBO is expected to announce Joshua vs. Usyk within the next 48 hours, according to Express Sport.
Matchroom Boxing and K2 Promotions have already collaborated on a number of co-promotions, including one that was completed in under 10 minutes, implying that negotiations for this fight would be a breeze.
Usyk has been training in Kiev for two months to “become a true heavyweight,” and August 21 and August 28 have already been mentioned as possible dates for the fight, which is scheduled to take place in London.
The undisputed bout will now be re-fought later this year, giving Joshua and Fury a chance to win their respective contests.
The WBO certified Usyk’s victory in June of this year. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”