Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title defense against Oleksandr Usyk could be finalized in the coming days – “the challenger’s” confidence is at sky level, “his promoter said.
Joshua’s next fight is scheduled for September at the 62,000-seat Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Usyk, the undefeated southpaw from Ukraine, is his mandatory WBO challenger and the governing body ordered him to be Joshua’s next opponent after the clash with Tyson Fury failed.
“We hope we will sign the contract by the end of the week,” Usyk promoter Alexander Krassyuk told Sky Sports.
“Most of the issues have been coordinated and agreed upon.
“Usyk’s confidence is at the level of the sky.”
Krassyuk joked: “He’s so thirsty to become the heavyweight champion – so keep traveling to Mars after collecting all the belts!”
Usyk yelled on social media, “Hey Anthony, how are you?”
Joshua and Usyk each won gold at the 2012 Olympics. Usyk has since become the undisputed cruiserweight champion and moved up to heavyweight, where he edged out Derek Chisora.
Joshua was at ringside when Usyk went undefeated against Chisora.
“There is no visible obstacle to the conclusion of the agreement,” Krassyuk had previously said.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn previously told Behind The Gloves about Usyk: “This is the fight that is most likely for us.
“We also talk to other people about other fights.
“The point is to be unchallenged. All AJ has done is stop the compulsory fights to keep the belt. How much time does he have left to do so?”