Anthony Joshua options remain open, His promoter Eddie Hearn Says





Anthony Joshua's options remain open and WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk could instead opt to fight Derek Chisora at The O2, says his promoter Eddie Hearn.

The Britain's unified champion was swiftly ordered to fulfill title obligations after regaining his world heavyweight titles, with the WBO ordering him to face Usyk, while the IBF have enforced a fight against their number 1 challenger Kubrat Pulev.

AJ's Promoter Hearn is awaiting confirmation from the governing bodies over whether Pulev or Usyk will be next in line for Joshua, who is expected to return in April or May.


The Match room Boxing boss did confirm that Usyk could still receive an alternative fight against Chisora in London.


"Talks are ongoing with all parties to plan what's next and it will really come to a head over the next few weeks," Hearn told the press."We await clarification from the governing bodies to confirm who is chronologically next but right now everything is in play. And in terms of Usyk versus Chisora that is still a potential outcome, but March 7 is unlikely. Instead we have March 28 on hold at the O2."

Meanwhile, former WBO champion, Joseph Parker has been elevated to number 2 in the WBO rankings and would also target a fight with the Ukrainian, if the WBO belt became vacant.

"If  Anthony Joshua vacates the WBO, then suddenly you've got Usyk mandatory and I think the next available ranked boxer is Joseph Parker," said the New Zealander's manager David Higgins. "You could end up with a situation where you have Usyk fight Parker for the vacant title, which funnily enough is how Joseph became world champion. He fought [Andy] Ruiz for the vacant title. History repeats."

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