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Hearn Admits Usyk Could Stand in Way of Fury-Joshua Clash

Eddie Hearn, promoter for WBO, IBF, WBA, IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, believes his fighter's future plans could be dictated by mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk.

Joshua is already making a mandatory defense, for the IBF, against Kubrat Pulev on June 20th.

Usyk is the mandatory challenger under the WBO, who have already ordered Joshua to face him.


Usyk is slated to fight Derek Chisora in the coming months, with the bout taking place on May 23.

Should he win that fight, he would be in a very strong position to negotiate for Joshua's next fight.

Hearn is hoping to match Joshua, should he beat Pulev, against the winner of the July trilogy fight between WBC champion Tyson Fury and challenger Deontay Wilder.

Joshua and Fury are tremendous favorites to win their respective fights.

Hearn would like Joshua vs. Fury to take place in the month of December.

But, a full division unification could face some resistance from Usyk.

"The big problem there is that Usyk must fight the winner of Pulev against Anthony Joshua. The only way he mustn't is if he waits maybe a month, or maybe there's an agreement to vacate after. I don't know, but sometimes things like that are solvable," Hearn told Sky Sports.

"He's got a little task ahead of him on May 23. He might not be mandatory challenger on May 24, if Derek Chisora has got anything to say about it. That is a monstrous fight at The O2 Arena. We'll announce next week in full."

Joshua had already stated in a previous interview that he's expecting to face Usyk in the not too distance future and already began studying his style.

"I've actually been preparing for a southpaw, because some time down the line, I know I'll fight Usyk anyway, so the smart thing to do would be to start preparing, start sharpening my tools," Joshua told Sky Sports.

"That's the brilliant thing now. I know I'm fighting, like two to three times a year, so it gives me enough time to actually practice and start working on certain aspects."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by TyrantT316 on 03-07-2020

Absolutely no reason Usyk coming from cruiser to beat an old Chazz and fringe Chisora should be "standing in the way" of the biggest HW fight.

Comment by mawoodhouse on 03-06-2020

[QUOTE=Monzon99;20447371]He deserves mandatory position due to his cruiserweight domination and the fact there are not many hwts worthy of being a mandatory outside of Whyte and Pulev.[/QUOTE] He dont deserve it based on being undisputed cruiser champ...this is a whole…

Comment by Monzon99 on 03-06-2020

[QUOTE=PRINCEKOOL;20446543]He should not really be in a mandatory position until he beats a decent heavyweight 'For me? Beating Chisora earns him a mandatory position etc'. It also seems like he was trying to get out of the Chisora fight for…

Comment by Silver Spear on 03-06-2020

If Joshua is serious about fighting Fury then I expect it to happen this year. Fury it's not going to be around much longer. I want him to fight Joshua then Usyk then retire.

Comment by Silver Spear on 03-06-2020

[QUOTE=Angeljuice;20446491]Frank Bruno was probably the most widely loved and popular British boxer ever. AJ and Henry Cooper are both up there though.[/QUOTE] As an American with a lot of casual family members and friends I would say Lewis is the…

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