According to Alexander Krassyuk, co-promoter of Oleksandr Usyk (17-0; 13 KOs), Usyk is sure to clash with IBO / IBF / WBO / WBA Super Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua (23-1; 21 KOs) this year. The only question is when? It is up to Joshua and the organizers to decide, it is up to them. If Joshua defends his title at the IBF first, then he will probably have to give up his WBO belt and Usyk will fight with former world champion Joseph Parker for the vacant belt. But then Joshua can try to get his belt back. Or, if he defend the title at WBO first, they can fight against each other in their next match. So either Joshua or Usyk will be the current WBO champion, but they will clash.
According to Krassyuk, both versions are good for Usyk, if Joshua is the next that’s fine, but if he has to wait a little, that’s okay, but this year they’ll be sure to clash. If he has to wait, then Krassyuk says that Parker will have the title match. It may be a match against Chisora, but the title will not be fought with the english boxer because Parker is ranked higher.
Joseph Parker (26-2; 20 KOs) would be very happy to fight Usyk for an empty World Cup title and, if he wins, there could be a rematch against Joshua. Parker’s next fight on February 29, but he hasn’t known who is yet. And Hearn wants Usyk to fight Chisora in March. So everyone is waiting for Joshua, that is, the decision of the organizations. The two promotions were due until January 31 to agree on a Joshua – Pulev match, by which time all will be revealed.
After Usyk’s announcement that he continues in heavyweight and he wants to become an undisputed champion has been compared to Evander Holyfield many times since he is the only one who has succeeded so far. Holyfield, after moved up to the heavyweight title, in his seventh fight became an undisputed champion. Usyk is not an undisputed champion yet, but the heavyweight world champion can be within 1-2 fights.