Senior boxing journalist Ames James Dealhen
“While everyone wants to see AJ Fight Fury, I don’t think this fight will happen anytime soon,” Olexander Usik’s co-advertiser tells Sky Sports exclusively; Usic is a compelling challenge to Anthony Joshua so he can impose his status to delay the undeniable title fight with Tyson Fury
Last Updated: 13/12/20 pm 4:25 pm
Anthony Joshua’s next opponent may not be Tyson Fury, but Alexander Usik, because Ukraine is already trying to exercise its right to a forced fight.
IPF, WPA and WPO champion Joshua and WBC title holder Fury seem to be on the verge of conflict to determine the undeniable heavyweight champion, but Usik, one of the main roadblocks to this dream opportunity, is adamant that he will not give up.
WBO President Paco Valcarcel raised the bar of confidence in his compelling challenge Usik on Saturday night, just minutes after Joshua defeated Kubrat Pule, by tweeting: “[Promoter] Eddie Hearn knows the meaning of commitment.
“The ball is in Hearn’s court.”
Alexander Grossuk, Usic’s co-advertiser who works with Hear, said exclusively Sky Sports: “My prediction, my plan and our strategy is to make AJ vs Usic in April or May 2021.
“It simply came to our notice then that the WBO had the power to force the champion.
“Although everyone wants to see AJ fight, I don’t think this fight will happen anytime soon.”
In knocking out Pule, Joshua added: “I have not yet discussed A.J.’s performance with Usik, but A.J.
The WBO’s position will leave Joshua with two choices – to defend his title against Usuki next, or to go straight to a fight with Fury.
Further complicated by the undeniable title fight is Fury’s situation regarding a third fight with Dionde Wilder.
Fury withheld the planned trilogy this month, but was later forced to enter into an arbitration process because Wilder is eager to accept the terms of the redistribution of the ring.
WBC said Sky Sports They will give their “full support” to the third Fury vs Wilder fight in 2021.
WBC President Mauricio Suleiman said: “Wilder is a huge, important element, he was the five-year WBC champion and very loyal.
“Huge knockout rate. The percentage is incredible. He’s a very loving fighter, a champion at WBC. He definitely deserves another chance.
“He gave Tyson Fury a chance and Tyson Fury beat him up and knocked him out, of course, Wilder is in the mix.
“He deserves a chance and we’ll see how things turn out next year.
“We hope everything is resolved. Everyone is happy. We see big fights within the ring.”
Will Joshua fight the Fury in 2021?
Joshua said Sky Sports After sending Pule: “I started this game in 2013. I’m throwing all the belts, I’m handling the compulsions.
“Of course I like the challenge. It’s not about the opponent, it’s about legacy and the belt. Whoever gets the belt, I want to compete with them. If it’s Tyson Fury, let it be Tyson Fury. It’s not a big deal.
“It’s one fight at a time, picking them one by one. It’s about me. I have to focus.”
Joshua’s promoter Hearn added: “There’s a lot of talk, and like he said, it’s less talk, more action. Ever since he came to office, he has wanted to be the undisputed champion of the world.
“We ‘re going to be friendly, we’ re going to be fine. We know what to do [Sunday], We make Tyson Fury fight straight.
“It’s the only fight that needs to be done in boxing. It’s the biggest fight in boxing. It’s the biggest fight in British boxing history.
“I know he [Joshua] Wants it. He is the best heavyweight in the world, I swear to you. He would break him, he would knock him out, but for me, less talk, more action.
“We know what we want to do. It’s about legacy. We’ll do it.”
Anger went out to Joshua: “He asked if he wanted to fight, and he came around the bushes.
“I want a fight. I want the next fight. I’ll knock him into three rounds!”
Fury’s U.S. promoter Bob Aram of Top Rank said: “The stage was set for the biggest heavyweight championship fight since Ali-Frasier in 1971, when Fury met Joshua for the undeniable crown.
“We’ll start on Monday in the best rankings, to put that fight together.”