It is slowly beginning to crystallize that the heavyweights boxers of Matchroom Boxing will fight off who. The confusion was caused by the fact that Anthony Joshua was ordered by two organizations (WBO / IBF) to have mandatory title protection. It looks like Joshua will be defending the title for the first time at IBF against Kubrat Pulev. So Oleksandr Usyk can fight against Dereck Chisora. And it looks like the New Zealand’s Parker has an opponent for February.
The IBF set a deadline of January 31 for an agreement on the Joshua – Pulev fight. Although no official announcement has yet been made, Hearn said the fight is nearing agreement and will be announced within days. According to Hearn, the match is likely to be in the United Kingdom, because Joshua hasn’t fight long been at home, it’s time to go home and serve the local boxing fans. They are now looking at which stadium would be free and suitable for the match in late May – early June. While the promoter says it’s a difficult thing. because Pulev wants to squeeze in more money from the match, he is willing to go wherever he promises a lot of money, whether to Africa or the Middle East. Therefore, the location is still in question.
Hearn has said a few more details about the Usyk – Chisora match. He said March 28 and London’s O2 Arena. He had even talked about the undercard fights: Joshua Buatsi, Filip Hrgovic and Conor Benn would fights. Hearn and Usyk are said to have agreed to fight with Chisora in March, but the next one will be Joshua. This is good for Usyk too, as he has only one fight in heavyweight so far, and need some experience before battling for World titles.
And Joseph Parker probably will fight against the Polish Mariusz Wach on February 29. Wach was good against Dillian Whyte at the December Saudi Arabia gala and He deserved another chance.
If everything happens what in Hearn’s plan, the first half of the year in terms of heavyweight will be really exciting, every month there will be a good fight. February 22. Wilder – Fury 2; February 29. Parker – Wach; March 28. Usyk – Chisora; in April Dillian Whyte, maybe against Ruiz or Povetkin and then in late May / early June Joshua – Pulev.