See Why Anthony Joshua Was Ordered To Fight Usyk. Anthony Joshua has set a date with Oleksandr Usyk, they will have until May 31 to agree terms to a fight or purse bids will be called.
WBO rejected a delay in ordering this fight from promoter Eddie Hearn; Joshua is now ready to fight Usyk while Tyson Fury takes on Deontay Wilder again.
Joshua’s proposed undisputed title bout with Tyson Fury in Saudi Arabia unbelievably collapsed this week, this inturn means Oleksandr Usyk is next in line to challenge for the belt.
The WBO initially gave Joshua 48 hours, until Friday May 21, to salvage his fight with Fury or he would be ordered to face Usyk.
The IBF, WBA and WBO CHAMPION hope to meet WBC ruler Fury on August 14 was ambushed by an arbitration court, who ruled that Fury must fight Deontay Wilder for a third time before September 15.
Wilder has declared that he will not accept a fee to step aside and waive his right.
Usyk, the undefeated Ukrainian who has beaten Tony Bellew and Derek Chisora and formerly held the undisputed cruiserweight title, is now set to challenge Joshua.
“According to my knowledge, AJ is ready to take the challenge,” Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk previously told Sky Sports.
“It may happen anywhere including Wembley, but yet no serious venue commitments have been made.”
When will Joshua vs Fury happen?
Eddie Hearn has speculated that the undisputed heavyweight title fight could hold for December 2021, if Joshua and Fury come through their next fights.
“The world now sees you for the fraud you are,” Joshua posted on social media towards Fury.
“You’ve let boxing down! You lied to the fans and led them on. Used my name for clout not a fight.
“Bring me any championship fighter who can handle their business correctly.”
Fury replied: “You are more full of [rubbish] than [promoter Eddie Hearn]. Your full team knew there was an arbitration going on, it was out of my hands!
Joshua replied: “If there was an arbitration going on, why announce to the world we are fighting! The fight was signed!”