With the Fury vs Wilder 3 happening instead, Anthony Joshua needs to defend his titles against his mandatory challenger to avoid getting stripped. Oleksander Usyk is next in line for the WBO title shot and if Joshua still wants to keep his WBO title, he needs to fight Usyk next.
WBO has reportedly given Joshua 10 days to try and make a fight agreement against Usyk or else the WBO will order a purse bid for the rights to stage a fight.
Joshua currently holds WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles, he has a lot of mandatory challengers ahead of him. Had the fight with Fury happen, it would have been for
Even though Joshua might be expected as the favorite in the fight, Usyk certainly has the tools to dethrone Joshua. In terms of skill-wise, Usyk might be the best in the division right now, the only problem is his size. His competitors usually outsize him in the heavyweight division, but he always finds a way to win.
Oleksander Usyk was once the undisputed cruiserweight champion, capturing all the major belts in the division. Not an easy task to do, but yet he still proved to the world that he was the best cruiserweight in the world. The only logical move to do next for Usyk was to move up and get the heavyweight crown.
Usyk currently has 2 fights in the division, beating Chazz Witherspoon and and Derek Chisora. Not really the best contenders but Chisora is still considered by many as one of the heavyweight elites.
Outside of Fury vs Joshua, it is still an massive heavyweight fight to make if booked. Usyk is currently one of the prospects that could potentially dethrone Joshua and Fury, will he deliver or is he biting more than he can chew?