Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing are waiting for the IBF and WBO to decide on Anthony Joshua’s title defense. Both organizations ordered the title defense, with similar deadlines so Joshua would have to resign from one of his belts. That’s why Hearn asked the IBF and the WBO to come up with a compromise solution that is good for everyone, but mostly for Joshua.
In terms of Matchroom Boxing, not only Joshua is affected by the organizations’s decision, but also the mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk (17-0; 13 KOs), the former WBO World Champion Joseph Parker (26-2, 20 KOs) and even Dereck Chisora (32-9; 23 KOs).
Hearn wants to organize an Usyk – Chisora fight in England, has already looked at the venue and the date. March 28 at the O2 Arena in London. According to Hearn, this match would bring much experience for Usyk before facing Joshua. Usyk has had a heavyweight match against Chazz Witherspoon so far, which hasn’t been too convincing. Usyk won, but Witherspoon beat himself because he was tired. It would be a good idea for Usyk to gain some more experience in this division before contending for the World Championship title and Chisora is a great choice.
Hearn’s plan can only become a reality if Joshua has to defend his IBF title firstly and the WBO does not oblige Joshua to gives back his belt, WBO is willing to wait. Because if AJ gives back the belt, Usyk will probably have to fight Joseph Parker for the vacant belt, so the fight against Chisora could also fail, though Hearn says that is not an excuse.
According to the promoter, all decisions are made within a few weeks, so they can decide on the next fights once they know the organizations’ decision.