Anthony Joshua is already “bodily and mentally” getting ready for a rematch with Oleksandr Usyk, a agency rebuttal to Tyson Fury’s hopes of securing his personal undisputed struggle.
WBC champion Fury’s “desire” for his subsequent opponent could be Usyk, in a battle to crown the division’s No 1 heavyweight, reasonably than Dillian Whyte, his promoter Bob Arum had instructed Sky Sports activities.
However Joshua has rebuffed the suggestion he could “step apart” from his rematch with Usyk.
“AJ is already in camp bodily and mentally for the Usyk rematch, and it is all he has thought of because the night time of the primary struggle,” his promoter Eddie Hearn instructed Sky Sports activities.
“I’ve a gathering deliberate with [Usyk’s promoter] Alex Krassyuk to start out engaged on proposed venues for the spring rematch.
“It is an enormous struggle and we imagine AJ can develop into a three-time world heavyweight champion.”
Usyk delivered a masterclass to win the IBF, WBA and WBO belts from Joshua who instantly triggered his proper to a rematch.
“We now have three choices into account: the UK, Ukraine and the Center East,” Usyk’s promoter Krassyuk instructed Sky Sports activities.
“Hopefully by the tip of 2021, we will likely be within the place to take the ultimate resolution.”
A WBC deadline for Fury and Usyk to agree an undisputed title struggle has since expired – they have been by no means in talks due to Joshua’s swift resolution to train his rematch clause.
The identical WBC ruling claimed, if no deal was struck between Fury and Usyk, then Fury could be pressured to face the interim champion, Dillian Whyte.
However the WBC opted to not title a compulsory challenger for Fury this week, regardless of the expectation that they might finish Whyte’s lengthy look ahead to a possibility.
Fury’s US-based promoter Arum instructed Sky Sports activities: “Whyte is a wonderful fighter. When the time comes, and it’ll come quickly, for Tyson to determine his subsequent opponent, then Whyte needs to be on the high of the record.”
Arum’s suggestion which Joshua’s promoter Hearn has now responded to was: “The choice is that if Joshua decides to not train his rematch in opposition to Usyk and decides to step apart, the struggle we wish to make is between Usyk and Fury,” Arum mentioned.
“That could be a struggle to unify the titles as soon as and for all.
“Then Joshua can struggle the winner of the undisputed struggle.
“Whyte can stand in line and struggle the winner in the end.
“That is what Tyson would love. And I symbolize Tyson. That’s his desire.
“In the event that they need to struggle one another, which I imagine they do? I’d facilitate it.”
Joshua’s preparation to face Usyk once more has seen him journey to the US for coaching periods with Robert Garcia, Virgil Hunter, Eddy Reynoso and Ronnie Shields.
Sky Sports activities Boxing schedule
November 20 – BOXXER in London
Richard Riakporhe vs Olanrewaju Durodola
Florian Marku vs Jorick Luisetto
Hosea Burton vs Dan Azeez – British light-heavyweight title
November 20 – High Rank in Las Vegas
Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter – WBO welterweight title
December 11 – BOXXER in Cardiff
Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Williams
Claressa Shields vs Ema Kozin
December 11 – High Rank in New York
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Richard Commey
Jared Anderson vs Oleksandr Teslenko
Nico Ali Walsh
December 17 – High Rank in Montreal
Artur Beterbiev vs Marcus Browne – IBF and WBC light-heavyweight titles
February 26 – High Rank in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed super-lightweight title