Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk In August
The domino effect from judge Daniel Weinstein’s ruling awarding former WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (42-1-1, 41KOs) a third fight with “The Gypsy King” Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21KOs) has begun. The WBO announced that talks have begun for a possible fight between unified heavyweight champion Anthony “AJ” Joshua (24-1, 22KOs) and his mandatory, former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk (18-0, 13KOs). While the talks are preliminary, if Arum is unable to come up with agreement with Wilder to step aside, Joshua and Usyk will no doubt fight next.
According to Mike Coppinger, two dates are likely for a possible Joshua v Usyk fight: August 21 and 28. Usyk has been the WBO mandatory challenger since moving up to heavyweight back in 2019. He was willing to step aside and allow the undisputed showdown with Fury to happen. However, with Wilder now likely facing Fury, it is a moot point. It is also being reported that Usyk’s legal team sent out a letter requesting the mandatory be ordered.
Everything now remains fluid, but with time ticking its imperative that things get sorted as quickly as possible. 3kingsboxing.com will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available.
By: Jerrell Fletcher