In the near future, Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk (18-0, 13 KOs) may be represented by the promotional company Top Rank.
Bob Arum, the company's head, told Barbershop Conversations that Usyk's contracts with Ukrainian K2 Promotions and British Matchroom Boxing would soon expire.
"He is out of his contract with Matchroom. The only contract he has with Matchroom is they make him a Joshua fight. Otherwise, he is free. So his manager Egis Klimas, the same manager as [Vasily] Lomachenko and a lot of the other fighters that fight for me, I would love to have Usyk as part of my group," Arum said.
As we reported earlier, IBF, IBO, WBA, and WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua hopes the Usyk will allow him to hold a unification bout against WBC champion Tyson Fury.
At this point, Usyk's WBO mandatory status is the only thing that can prevent the fight from happening.
“I think Usyk will be keen to step aside and let the fight happen. We have reached out to his management team. He is a reasonable person and he will understand the magnitude of this situation,” said the pugilist.