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Oleksandr Usyk in talks for Anthony Joshua fight with Fury showdown now in doubt

Usyk could be in the frame for his title shot (Picture: Getty)

Oleksandr Usyk’s camp will hold talks with Eddie Hearn today over a possible summer showdown against Anthony Joshua with the Tyson Fury fight now in jeopardy.

Joshua and Fury were set to meet on 14 August in Saudi Arabia but yet another hurdle has been thrown in the way.

It emerged on Monday night that Deontay Wilder has won his civil arbitration case to enforce a third fight with Fury – with that fight ordered to take place before 15 September.

The all-British showdown could still go ahead as planned if Wilder agrees to step aside and wait for a shot against the winner later in the year. But last night’s developments could delay the all-British showdown and leave Joshua needing a new opponent for the summer.

Usyk is the mandatory challenger for Joshua’s WBO title and had been prepared to wait and allow the Olympian to fight Fury first. The Ukrainian was expected to fight the WBO’s no2 ranked fighter Joe Joyce for the ‘interim’ title this summer but the path to Joshua could be open once again.

Wilder could still get his trilogy fight (Picture: Getty)

Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk has confirmed he is set to hold talks with Eddie Hearn on Tuesday, telling Express Sport: ‘The first thing I saw when I opened my eyes this morning was several texts on my phone from different people around the world stating the same fact: Fury versus AJ is off. It is off.’

‘Regarding Usyk, it depends. I will speak to Eddie in one hour, we have already exchanged texts this morning.

‘It looks like we have a fight to make. We have agreed to speak in one hour when things will become clearer.

‘Usyk is mandatory for WBO and the only obstacle that made them sanction the interim was the huge unification between Fury and Joshua.

‘And if the fight is off then there is no other obstacles and Joshua has to deal with his mandatory.’


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