Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum, who co-promotes WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, believes Oleksandr Usyk would have a repeat performance in a rematch with Anthony Joshua.
Last Saturday night at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Usyk ouboxed Joshua over twelve rounds to capture the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight titles.
Joshua is planning to exercise an immediate rematch clause.
Arum is not giving Joshua much of a shot to win the second outing.
"No I don’t. And I think Joshua would be well off if somehow he was able to take another couple of fights before the rematch with Usyk. And if people were sensible, Joshua would work out an agreement if Tyson Fury is successful with Wilder, to allow Usyk to fight Tyson Fury and to have each fighter contractually agree in his next fight – whether it’s Usyk or Fury – to fight the winner," Arum told IFL TV.
"That’s sensible. But again, this is boxing and promoters with egos and fighters not making in my opinion the right decision but really making fights based on emotion."
Arum highly doubts that Eddie Hearn, who promotes Joshua, will embrace a scenario where the British star will go in another direction.
He believes Hearn will actively push for a Joshua-Usyk rematch.
"Eddie Hearn being Eddie Hearn, who is all ego, won’t listen to something that makes sense. He will push, in my opinion – which he can legally – the rematch with Usyk and that will be an additional defeat on Joshua’s record and prevent him from what I think would be a massive fight against the unified champion," Arum said.
"Usyk fights Tyson Fury, or Wilder. And [Joshua] fights the winner. And then we’re into something that the public can make sense of. Now all eyes are going to be on Wilder-Fury, the winner of that fight will be accepted as the legitimate heavyweight champion – particularly should Joshua go right into an Usyk rematch, which I think is the wrong move for him."