Oleksandr Usyk tells Eddie Hearn to pay him ‘more money’ to face Anthony Joshua after Tyson Fury calamity

In the space of a day, Anthony Joshua went from having arguably the biggest fight in heavyweight history confirmed to being ordered to face his WBO mandatory challenger.

After Deontay Wilder won his arbitration case, a US judge ordered that Tyson Fury has to face him by September 15.

Wilder, with his trainer Malik Scott, holds all the cards

The Bronze Bomber says he doesn’t want any step-aside money and Fury’s promoter Bob Arum says he doesn’t want to pay it, so July 24 has been reserved in Las Vegas for the third fight in their rivalry to go down.

That has opened the door for WBO mandatory Oleksandr Usyk to face Joshua and it seems likely that could be the next move – but for a price.

“Eddie, I want money, more money,” said Oleksandr Usyk on Wednesday on Instagram.

“The arbitration went with the decision that Fury has to face Wilder for the third time, which gives us the opportunity to make our mandatory after two years of expectations of waiting,” said Usyk’s manager Alex Krassyuk to Boxing UK.

Usyk would be facing Joshua in only his second ever heavyweight contest

“It was a hunch that this fight [Joshua vs. Fury] wasn’t going to happen before Usyk fought AJ. The possible fight between AJ and Usyk might take place by the end of summer, and probably in July, Fury would have to face Wilder.

“So the time is running really fast. I’ve been in touch with Eddie Hearn for the last seven days almost every day. He texted me today, saying that, ‘Let’s speak in an hour because we probably might have a fight to make.’

“Eddie said he’s giving the opportunity for Fury’s people to manage this stuff with Wilder until the end of the week, and if they’re unable to manage it, then AJ would probably have to go with the mandatory [Usyk].

Usyk was the undisputed champion at cruiserweight and wants to achieve the same at heavyweight by beating Joshua
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“Maybe it would have been a regular fight if Usyk-Joyce had taken place after August 14th. Last night it was more likely that Usyk would fight Joyce, but tonight it’s more probable that he fights AJ,” said Krassyuk.

Usyk is right to want a payday for such a fight, but he’s not going to get close to the $75 million that Fury was going to bag for their date in Saudi Arabia.

It will be interesting where the fight will take place and when. Joshua will want to get clear of Usyk so that he can fight the winner of Fury and Wilder – hopefully Fury from a financial perspective – before 2021 is done.