Anthony Joshua Can Vacate The
WBO Belt To Fight Tyson Fury
Anthony Joshua will vacate his WBO belt if it meant a fight with Tyson Fury was easier to facilitate, his promoter Eddie Hearn announced Thursday.
The Sagamu-born British heavyweight boxer is slated to face mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev later this year, but will then have to fight Oleksandr Usyk before a British showdown with Fury can take place.
Gypsy King himself also needs to defeat Deontay Wilder in his trilogy fight, but with a two-fight ‘financial deal’ already in place between Joshua and Fury, an all-British heavyweight mega fight could be on the horizon in 2021, already. whether all belts are on the line or not.
When asked about the WBO belt dilemma, Hearn told Boxing Social: “There’s been a lot of talk about ‘giving up the belt,” but Anthony Joshua’s goal is to be the undisputed heavyweight champion.
“Will a belt get in the way of fighting Tyson Fury next? Probably not. Will he drop a belt and fight Tyson Fury next? Yes, I think he would if he had to, but would he rather keep all the belts? One million percent.
“I know Tyson Fury has said, ‘I already had all the belts.’ I know, but you’ve never been indisputable. I hope that means something to people because it means a lot to Anthony Joshua if we get to a position where AJ is fighting. against Fury regardless of whether the WBO allows his title to be on the line.
“It’s almost like he wants to go to Usyk and say, ‘Look, we’re going to drop the title, but can we drop it the day after the fight? ”
Undefeated Ukrainian Usyk will be the mandatory challenger for the WBO if he beats Dereck Chisora in his fight on October 31.
Although Joshua would face Usyk, Hearn made it clear that the AJ-Fury showdown is the clash the boxing world wants to see.
“No one can dispute that. Whoever wins that fight will be number one. That’s the fight AJ wants. Would AJ fight Usyk? One million percent.
“If Fury got injured or if the talks broke down, or if for some reason that didn’t go overboard, he will fight Oleksandr Usyk if he beats Chisora. But I know he wants to fight Tyson Fury, Hearn concluded.