Oleksandr Krassyuk, promoter of Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk, has once again reaffirmed his client's intention to fight for the WBO bout, even though the title's holder Anthony Joshua is now focused on finalizing the deal with WBC champion Tyson Fury, Sky Sports reports.
"There were talks about an interim title or the AJ vs Fury winner relinquishing the WBO title the next day [after they fight]. But as for today Usyk is the WBO mandatory and never gave his consent for the [Joshua vs Fury] bout to happen without him," Krassyuk stated.
According to him, Usyk is not willing to waste his time with an extra fight before challenging for the belt in the heavyweight division.
"A non-title fight has never been under discussion and I really hope it will never be," the promoter added.
As we reported earlier, undefeated lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury was not impressed by Usyk's skills in his last bout against Derek Chisora.
“But on that performance I can say that none of the top 15 heavyweights out there are sweating Oleksandr Usyk at the moment, unfortunately. None of us are quaking. Is that it? Everyone’s like, ‘Is that what all the hype was about?’," Fury said.