Oleksandr Usyk has made it clear that the undefeated boxer is not willing to wait for the much-anticipated showdown between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua for the unified heavyweight championship.
Fury vs Joshua will see the British heavyweights battle it out inside the boxing ring for the undisputed gold at the heavyweight division.
On the line will be the WBC, WBO, WBA, IBF, IBA, Lineal, and The Ring heavyweight championship in what promises to be the biggest bout in the history of British boxing.
However, Joshua will have to get past Kubrat Pulev come December. On the other side, Fury is also eyeing a title defense against the undefeated German boxer, Agit Kabayel.
“I am the mandatory. He has two options. One, to fight me, the other one to vacate and go fight Tyson Fury,” Usyk declared.
Oleksandr Usyk has been the mandatory challenger for the WBO gold for quite some time now. Either AJ fights him, or vacates the WBO gold and fights the WBC heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury.
According to boxing rules, a Super champion of any division gets the opportunity to challenge the champion if he decides to jump up and down one division.
The former cruiserweight champion has now fought multiple fights at the heavyweight division since jumping weight in October 2019. He passed his first real test against Derek Chisora this past month via unanimous decision to maintain his undefeated streak.
Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have signed a 2-fight deal and are expected to share the boxing ring sometime next year. AJ suffered the first loss of his professional boxing career against Andy Ruiz Jr. in June 2019.
However, the British heavyweight bounced back in emphatic fashion to reclaim his strap. Scheduled to face Povetkin next, all eyes are pointing towards a potential Tyson Fury fight.
However, if Usyk wants his title shot next, there’s a reason to believe that Joshua might have to vacate his WBO gold to make way for the undefeated Ukrainian fighter.