“It May Happen Anywhere” – Oleksandr Usyk’s Manager Provides an Update on The Anthony Joshua Fight

Published 05/23/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 03: Anthony Joshua looks on ahead of the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Clash On The Dunes Public Work Out at Public at the Investment Fund office complex on December 03, 2019 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


After Deontay Wilder poured cold water on Tyson Fury’s heavyweight undisputed war with Anthony Joshua, the latter’s probabilities of facing Oleksandr Usyk have unquestionably increased. Moreover, the WBO has given a 10-day timeline (31st May 2021) to Joshua and Usyk’s teams to finalize the deal or the fight will go to purse bids.

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The WBO also gave ‘AJ’ and his team a 48-hour ultimatum that ended on May 21st. Here, Joshua had to prove whether his fight with Fury would go ahead. As it isn’t going ahead, Joshua is now all set to make his mandatory WBO title defense against Usyk.

Recently, Usyk‘s promoter, Alexander Krassyuk, interacted with Sky Sports on this matter. He said, “According to my knowledge, AJ is ready to take the challenge.” 

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DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua celebrates victory over Andy Ruiz Jr during the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

“It may happen anywhere including Wembley, but yet no serious venue commitments have been made.”

Both Joshua and Eddie Hearn were eager to book a 12-round war with ‘The Gypsy King’ in a perfect setting. But Deontay Wilder took the legal route to secure a trilogy with the Fury. As the arbitrator ruled in favor of the Alabama native, Matchroom, too, had to seek an alternative opponent for ‘AJ’.

In Oleksandr Usyk, they have a readymade elite opponent.

Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk – when will this fight go on floors?

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Until now, there is nothing official regarding Joshua vs Usyk’s tentative dates and location. However, both Eddie Hearn and ‘AJ’ would look to wrap up this bout by September.

This is because the early staging of these fights might subsequently help Joshua and Fury collide by the end of 2021. That said, the next few days will prove to be extremely vital in determining the immediate future of the division.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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