Oleksandr Usyk is planning to enforce WBO’s mandatory rule to get a bout against Briton’s WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO champion Anthony Joshua.
Usyk, a former cruiserweight champion is a mandatory challenger under the World Boxing Organization (WBO) one of the belts currently held by Joshua.
Joshua, 30, is set to face Kubrat Pulev in an IBF title challenge on December 12 at the O2 Arena in London before an agreed bout against Tyson Fury next year but Usyk is looking to take on whoever wins the December 12 fight provide he beats Derek Chisora at a targeted date in October.
“Usyk has been the WBO mandatory challenger for more than one year,” his co-promoter Alexander Krassyuk said.
“He has agreed to let AJ versus Pulev happen, with regards that the winner fights him next. This statement is still solid. Our plan is A) beat Derek Chisora B) push AJ to comply with WBO rules or vacate the title C) defeat AJ (or any other WBO champion or contender and become the heavyweight champion. Simple and practical.”
“According to our latest talks with Eddie, Usyk vs Chisora has to go at the end of October. Still much depends on COVID-19 restrictions but we all want to make it happen.”
The Ukrainian, 33, career has been blighted by injuries. The Olympic gold medallist in 2012 in London has been limited to 17 bouts in his career and has never lost. He is presently on (17-0, 13 KOs).