Usyk space to fresh next occupation switch after talks with Eddie Hearn
By Richard Damerell and Michael Bridge
Remaining Up up to now: 22/01/19 12:18pm
Oleksandr Usyk “must change into” computerized WBO essential challenger for Anthony Joshua if the Ukrainian strikes up to heavyweight, says promoter Eddie Hearn.
Britain’s unified champion is yet to agree his next title defence, with Dillian Whyte or Jarrell Miller likely opponents for dates in April or Could maybe maybe also, however Usyk might maybe per chance power his method into Joshua’s plans for a fight later within the one year.
The undisputed cruiserweight king might maybe per chance be straight installed because the following challenger for Joshua’s WBO belt, despite Whyte’s self-discipline because the #1 fighter in their fresh rankings.
Whyte remains in talks over tough Joshua for the WBA ‘beautiful’, IBF and WBO belts at Wembley on April 13, however Hearn warned he might maybe per chance streak out of opponents if each and every fighters are unable to agree terms.
Hearn suggested Sky Sports: “Beneath the WBO tips, Usyk, as soon as he steps up – if he steps up – must change into that computerized essential. I was with the WBO final week in Puerto Rico.
“Dillian is #1. That will per chance maybe no longer be known as for any other month or so, and or no longer it is no longer due unless September, October, however Dillian is within the working to be that essential, however while you switch down a shot at the world heavyweight title, these salvage no longer attain around very on the total.
“I must abolish clear that deal is gorgeous ample for him to accept, however I also opt him to preserve it, because here’s it. Right here is the world heavyweight championship.
“You might maybe per chance get got bought a possibility to fight for it, in your indulge in nation, to change into the king of the division.”
Usyk has signed a promotional tackle Matchroom Boxing boss Hearn, who printed that a fight date is booked for the unbeaten 32-one year-weak, despite the indisputable truth that he is yet to verify whether or no longer or no longer this will per chance maybe be a debut within the high division.
Terence Crawford became the essential challenger for the WBO welterweight belt when he relinquished all four of his beautiful-lightweight titles to campaign at the larger weight class.