Usyk out to spoil Fury against Joshua
The prospect of an undisputed British heavyweight champion may be derailed by Oleksandr Usyk, the Ukrainian’s promoter has warned.
Usyk is the mandatory challenger to Joshua’s WBO title and if AJ decides to side-step the unbeaten fighter, the belt could become vacant.
The Ukrainian has yet to face defeat in his 17-fight career but the vast majority of those wins have come in the cruiserweight division. The Kiev man knocked out Tony Bellew in Manchester in his final fight in that weight division and the supreme stylist is looking to break into the big-money heavyweight division.
Usyk made the move up to fight Chazz Witherspoon in October, putting on a quality display and forcing his opponent to retire after round seven.
The Kiev puncher was announced to be fighting fellow British fighter Dereck Chisora and if he was to come through that fight he could cause problems for the eagerly anticipated unification fight.
Speaking to Sky Sports, his promoter Alexander Krassyuk said: "Usyk's WBO mandatory had to happen before AJ v Pulev, but we were flexible and did not put much pressure on, allowing AJ to complete his IBF mandatory while Usyk fights Chisora."
"But this was made with regards that the WBO champ (whoever he is after AJ v Pulev) has to make his mandatory versus Usyk.
"It means that either Joshua fights Usyk first or fights Fury without the WBO belt."
Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn revealed last week that an agreement in principle had been reached for AJ to face Fury in a two-fight series.
Fury is 1.50 to beat Joshua when the pair clash with the Watford banger a 2.50 chance.
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