Anthony Joshua and his group have 48 hours to show the Tyson Fury battle is salvageable or else the WBO will order he faces Oleksandr Usyk subsequent.
Joshua and Fury appeared sure to battle for the undisputed heavyweight world championship on August 14 in Saudi Arabia, however these plans had been ruined by Deontay Wilder.
The ‘Bronze Bomber’ gained his authorized battle to have a 3rd battle with Fury after their fights in 2018 after which 2020, which means the 32-year-old is legally obliged to face Wilder earlier than September 15.
If Fury has to face former WBC heavyweight champ Wilder once more, it leaves Joshua with a gaping gap in his battle calendar and it might open the door for Usyk to get his crack on the WBA, WBO and IBF champ.
The WBO had been keen to permit Joshua to face Fury for the the entire belts, but the Ukrainian will now seemingly getting his alternative to face his fellow Olympian.
“The WBO is extraordinarily glad as their necessary challenger will likely be going through their heavyweight champion,” Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk advised Sky Sports activities.
“What else can they need? We’re ready for his or her approval letter!”
WBO president Paco Valcarcel mentioned on Tuesday evening: “I hope boxing followers will get pleasure from Joshua vs Usyk within the close to future.”
The focused date for Joshua vs Usyk is in August at “most definitely a giant open-air venue within the UK”, says Krassyuk.
Joshua posted on social media shortly after the WBO gave him a 48-hour deadline, joking: “I’m fascinated by beginning a Go Fund Me web page to boost cash for Wilder’s step apart fee – £20m.
“So I can smoke that fats man with skinny legs from Manchester.
“These heavyweights want a podcast or one thing as a result of they do extra speaking than preventing.”
The pair then traded verbal barbs on social media, with Fury providing to battle Joshua in a bare-knuckle boxing match THIS weekend.