Anthony Joshua will not fight until April 13 next year when he is set to headline a Wembley card.
AJ’s next opponent is expected to be Deontay Wilder, with Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn pushing for talks with The Bronze Bomber’s camp.
Dillian Whyte could also have his name on the right side of the bill, but Ukrainian cruiserweight Usyk has expressed his desire to take on the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion.
Usyk is also contracted with Hearn’s company, Matchroom Sport, and the promoter said upon signing the undisputed champion: “Usyk’s got two things on his mind.
“One is to beat Tony Bellew, and number two is to dominate the heavyweight division.
“And when he looks at the heavyweight division, and he sees the biggest star in the sport of boxing is with Matchroom [Sport] in Anthony Joshua – he wants to fight Joshua.”
Usyk defends his cruiserweight titles against Bellew next Saturday at Manchester Arena, hoping it will jumpstart his fandom in the UK, which could lead to a lucrative box-office clash the next weight class up with Joshua.
Speaking about that fight, AJ told Sky Sports: “From a supporter’s perspective, it’s always going to be entertaining because I really like rooting for Bellew.
“I really want him to win, so my passion is with him, regardless. Then, from an entertaining point of view, Usyk is like a perfect boxer.
“So I hope Bellew is working on his counter-punches as well, because that’s the way to knock him out – let him tippy-tap and then explode.
“As we’ve seen Bellew can counter-punch and he’s got a dirty left hook, and if he can land that I think he’ll do well.
“If I am honest, Usyk is the favourite, because he’s unbeaten, he’s done it at cruiserweight and he’s undisputed.
“But, the thing with boxing, from like middleweight up, it takes one punch.
“One punch can change the course of a fight and Bellew’s got that in the locker.”
Source : EXPRESS