Anthony Joshua has been ordered to defend his WBO heavyweight belt towards obligatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk in his subsequent combat.
Joshua and Usyk have till Could 31 to come back to a deal earlier than purse bids will likely be referred to as.
Eddie Hearn, promoter of Joshua, had requested till Monday earlier than the WBO issued the order ‘to debate the matter’ with the British fighter however that was rejected by the Ukrainian’s crew.
This ought to be an fascinating combat, nevertheless, it comes off the again of Joshua’s proposed undisputed showdown with Tyson Fury collapsing.
The plans for the mega combat in Saudi Arabia on August 14 have been scuppered by an arbitration court docket, which dominated that Fury should combat Deontay Wilder for a 3rd time earlier than September 15.
The WBO gave AJ 48 hours till Friday to kind the combat or he can be compelled to face Usyk.
The 34-year-old moved as much as the heavyweight division having turn into undisputed cruiserweight champion.
He’s fought on British soil towards the likes of Tony Bellew and Derek Chisora however is now set to problem Joshua.
“Based on my information, AJ is able to take the problem,” Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk beforehand instructed Sky Sports activities.
“It could occur anyplace together with Wembley, however but no critical venue commitments have been made.”