Matchroom Boxing boss, Eddie Hearn says there are possibilities that his ward and world heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Joshua, may ditch his World Boxing Organization, WBO, belt if the expected fight with mandatory challenger, Oleksander Usyk, fails to make “business sense.” Hearn, who said Joshua won’t be told what to do by governing bodies, noted that he’s got other options listed for Joshua.
“At some point, you want to turn around and say, you know what, why can’t we just breathe and do our own thing? But of course, he (Joshua) wants to be undisputed, and that’s why we’re considering our options. I think the most likely scenario is, we fight Oleksander Usyk. If the deal is right and everyone is sensible, yes, I think that fight happens. But I’ll tell you something right now. AJ is not in the mood, nor am I to be told what to do by governing bodies right now. There is no guarantee for an undisputed fight right now.”
If Hearn’s position is anything to go by, there are indications that indeed, the possibility of Usyk (18-0, 13 KOs) getting a fighting chance with Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) may be heading out through the window. What appears certain is that the fight will take place only on the basis of how much business sense it makes even though Joshua respects being the undidputed king.
“I think the most likely scenario is, we fight Oleksander Usyk. If the deal is right and everyone is sensible, yes, I think that fight happens,” Hearn said.
Joshua and Tyson Fury were billed to fight a unification bout in Saudi Arabia on August 14 but had to pursue different opponents when Deontay Wilder secured an arbitration verdict against the latter for a trilogy fight. With the verdict, both Joshua and Fury had to in different directions with the former ordered by WBO to Arising from the arbitration verdict against Fury, the WBO ordered Joshua to fight his mandatory challenger, Usyk.
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