Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua: Eddie Hearn to hold talks with Oleksandr Usyk’s representatives after Deontay Wilder wins legal battle to have Fury trilogy

Oleksandr Usyk’s promoter has revealed he is talks with Eddie Hearn about a potential fight with Anthony Joshua after Deontay Wilder’s legal victory for a trilogy fight with Tyson Fury.

The American and his representatives won their case in court after arguing Fury had a contractual right to give Wilder a third fight.

Oleksandr Usyk was the undisputed champion at cruiserweight and wants to achieve the same at heavyweight by beating Anthony Joshua
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Fury and Wilder fought to a contentious draw in December 2018, before ‘The Gypsy King’ seemingly settled the matter in February 2020 to become WBC and Ring Magazine champion.

Due to delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a proposed third fight was never sanctioned and it is claimed the clause had expired, with Fury and his team instead working on a deal to fight Joshua for the undisputed heavyweight world championship.

However, American judge Daniel Weinstein oversaw a mediation before siding with Wilder and his team and confirming the two men must meet for a third time BEFORE September 15.

It would mean the proposed fight between Joshua and Fury for August 14 in Saudi Arabia could be scrapped and delayed indefinitely, with Frank Warren admitting to talkSPORT that Wilder is in ‘a very good position.’

Fury wrenched the WBC heavyweight title from Deontay Wilder’s grasp in February 2020, but may have to fight him a third time
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Usyk is the WBO mandatotry challenger for Joshua and promoter Alexander Krassyuk has confirmed he has reached out to Hearn in order to try and schedule a fight.

“The first thing I saw when I opened my eyes this morning was several texts on my phone from different people around the world stating the same fact: Fury versus AJ is off. It is off,” Krassyuk told Express Sport.

“Regarding Usyk, it depends. I will speak to Eddie in one hour, we have already exchanged texts this morning.

“It looks like we have a fight to make. We have agreed to speak in one hour when things will become clearer.

Usyk beat Derek Chisora back in October 2020 in his first significant test at heavyweight
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“Usyk is mandatory for WBO and the only obstacle that made them sanction the interim was the huge unification between Fury and Joshua.

“And if the fight is off then there is no other obstacles and Joshua has to deal with his mandatory.”

When it seemed Fury and Joshua were locked in to fight, Usyk and Joe Joyce seemed set to meet for the ‘interim’ WBO heavyweight title so as to keep the division from stagnating while the other Brits fought it out for the undisputed world titles.

However, Krassyuk confirms talks never materialised as they were waiting to see what happened with Joshua.

Joshua has not fought since December when he beat Kubrat Pulev
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“It didn’t go far, because it never happened,” Krassyuk added. “The only time I was speaking about Joyce vs Usyk was in January.”There was no negotiations with Frank Warren or with anyone else.

“Egis Klimas, the manager, had a lovely conversation with Frank Warren on the phone and just mentioned that this fight might take place.

“The real reason for us not negotiating with each other was that we did not have the exact ruling of the split.

“The WBO agreed and approved that the split should be 80-20, Queensbury Promotions objected the fact and went to the grievance committee of the WBO and we were supposed to have the online meeting in two days.

“I’m not sure if it will still take place after this kind of news [Joshua vs Fury in doubt] has emerged.”