Oleksandr Usyk promoter revealed he is chatting with Eddie Hearn about a potential fight with Anthony Joshua after Deontay Wilder’s legal victory in a trilogy fight with Tyson Fury.
The American and his representatives won their case in court after arguing that Fury had the contract right to give Wilder a third fight.
Fury and Wilder fought for a controversial draw in December 2018, before ‘The Gypsy King’ apparently settled the matter in February 2020 to become WBC and Ring Magazine champion.
Due to delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a proposed third fight was never sanctioned and it is claimed the clause had expired, with Fury and his team working instead on a deal to fight Joshua for the Championship. undisputed world of heavyweights.
However, US judge Daniel Weinstein oversaw mediation before siding with Wilder and his team and confirming that the two are to meet a third time BEFORE September 15.
This would mean that the proposed fight between Joshua and Fury for August 14 in Saudi Arabia could be dropped and delayed indefinitely, with Frank Warren admitting to talkSPORT that Wilder is “ in a very good position. ”
Usyk is the WBO mandotry challenger for Joshua and promoter Alexander Krassyuk has confirmed he has reached out to Hearn in an attempt to schedule a fight.
“The first thing I saw when I opened my eyes this morning was several texts on my phone from different people around the world claiming the same fact: Fury vs. AJ is off. It’s off, ”Krassyuk told Express Sport.
“As far as Usyk is concerned, it depends. I’ll talk to Eddie in an hour, we’ve already exchanged texts this morning.
“Looks like we have a fight to fight. We have agreed to speak in an hour when things become clearer.
“Usyk is mandatory for WBO and the only obstacle that forced them to sanction the interim was the huge unification between Fury and Joshua.
“And if the fight is open, there are no other obstacles and Joshua must face his proxy.”
When it looked like Fury and Joshua were locked in for a fight, Usyk and Joe Joyce looked set to meet for the ‘interim’ WBO heavyweight title in order to keep the division from stagnating while the other Brits battled for it. the undisputed world titles.
However, Krassyuk confirms that the talks never came to fruition as they waited to see what happened with Joshua.
“It didn’t go far, because it never happened,” Krassyuk added. “The only time I spoke of Joyce vs Usyk was in January.” There were no negotiations with Frank Warren or anyone else.
“Egis Klimas, the manager, had a great conversation with Frank Warren on the phone and just mentioned that this fight could take place.
“The real reason we weren’t negotiating with each other was that we didn’t have the exact decision to split.
“The WBO agreed and approved that the split should be 80 to 20, Queensbury Promotions objected and went to the WBO grievance committee and we were supposed to have the meeting online in two days.
“I don’t know if it will still happen after this kind of news [Joshua vs Fury in doubt] emerged.”