Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk is ‘inevitable,’ says Ukrainian promoter as he confirms mandatory situation
Anthony Joshua will have to defend his heavyweight titles against Oleksandr Usyk in the not-too-distant future, according to the Ukrainian’s promoter.
Alex Krassyuk of K2 guides the cruiserweight champion’s career on a co-promotional agreement alongside Eddie Hearn of Matchroom – who also represents AJ.
The pair are plotting the 32-year-old’s new career path now he has moved up to heavyweight with his debut in the division set for May 25 against Carlos Takam.
They’ve made it quite clear their long-term goal is a world title showdown with Joshua.
Krassyuk explained to Video Boxing: “The fact that Usyk will become a mandatory challenger is not PR.
“These are the WBO rules, which were confirmed by the organisation’s president Francisco Valcarcel; four days ago I spoke with him.
“If Usyk wins, he officially leaves the WBO [cruiserweight] title. Usyk gains the position of official heavyweight challenger.
“Who is the champion? Joshua. So, Usyk is the mandatory claimant to fight with Joshua.”
During his time as a cruiserweight, Usyk conquered the entire division and won all four belts – WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO.
Achieving this earned him the status of ‘super champion’ with the WBO, a position which allows you to move up or down in weight and automatically become the mandatory contender for the champion in your new division.
“From the moment when Usyk becomes the official challenger, the fight with Joshua is irreversible, inevitable,” Krassyuk continued.
“Will there be interim fights? Possibly. But all this is built in the form of a pyramid, on top of which will be a cherry – Usyk vs Joshua.”
Source: SportsLatest TS