The Chairman of Matchroom Boxing promotional company, Eddie Hearn, said that his ward Anthony Joshua might refuse to fight Oleksandr Usyk, VRinge reports.
The British heavyweight has collected three of four championship belts. Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev, who is considered №1 IBF contender, seems to be Joshua’s next opponent. But there is also Ukrainian Usyk who is ranked 1st by WBO.
"Basically if he wants to keep the belts, it has to be Pulev and then Usyk. So the belts are important, but so is the legacy. And at some point, if he has to drop a belt to get the Wilder vs Fury winner, then he will do it,” Hearn said.
As we reported earlier, lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury does not seem happy about Usyk's position as WBO mandatory challenger, as he directed a tweet towards WBO President Paco Valcarcel, who suggested the Gypsy King face Uzbeki prospect Bakhodir Jalolov, GiveMeSport informed.
“Maybe if you had not removed me from number 1 ranked WBO! And put some cruiserweight bum with 1 fight at heavyweight then you could have a say! Haha,” Fury wrote.
Ukrainian boxer was subtle in his reaction: he posted a 'story' on his Instagram page with a short text in it - "Tyson, do not cry. #1 WBO".