Krassyuk reveals Joshua-Usyk talks

With WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury now ordered to face Deontay Wilder in a trilogy bout by September 15, Oleksandr Usyk’s promoter Alex Krassyuk has revealed he is holding talks with Eddie Hearn about the Ukrainian facing Anthony Joshua.

Fury looked set to face Joshua in Saudi Arabia on August 14 prior to last night’s arbitration ruling, which stated Deontay Wilder is entitled to be next in line for ‘The Gypsy King’.

If Fury does indeed face Wilder for a third time, WBO mandatory Usyk looks a likely candidate to face unified champion Anthony Joshua next. 

“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,” Krassyuk told the Daily Express.

“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.”