Eddie Hearn, promoter for undefeated British and Commonwealth cruiserweight champion Lawrence Okolie (12-0, 9 KOs), is targeting a July world title fight for his man, against veteran Denis Lebedev.

The WBA world title is now vacant, after Oleksandr Usyk vacated the crown to focus on a planned campaign of the heavyweight division.

Prior to Usyk making his decision, the WBA had ordered him to make a mandatory defense against Lebedev.

Lebedev never lost the world title in the ring, as he was labeled as the "champion in recess" after being too inactive due to injury.

With Usyk vacating, Lebedev may automatically get elevated to the status of full champion.

And Hearn says Okolie is ready to face him for the belt.

Hearn has already begun discussions with Lebedev's promoters, World of Boxing.

"I've got the green light from Lawrence who said he would be ready to fight Lebedev next," Hearn told Sky Sports.

"I've spoken to World of Boxing, we've made them an offer. Obviously, he's got to accept that offer but from our side we are ready to go for that fight.

"July is the date I've got in mind for that fight and if Lebedev accepts that fight it could be next."

Last weekend, Okolie reclaimed his Commonwealth title with a fourth round stoppage battering of Wadi Camacho at the Copper Box Arena.

Hearn admits that Okolie, someone who turned pro two years ago, would be taking a big step in class by facing Lebedev.

"I think it's much too early for Okolie to step up," added Hearn.

"But I do think he can win that fight and I think when you get an opportunity to fight for a world title in one that you may be a slight favourite, I think you should take it. He's moved quickly as an amateur and as a professional, so why not keep going and if he can win the world championship after 13 fights, it's a hell of an achievement."