Anthony Joshua will fight Oleksandr Usyk if the Ukrainian will manage to beat Carlos Takam in his heavyweight debut this summer.
Usyk’s promoter Alex Krassyuk has revealed Usyk will become mandatory to WBO belt once he beats Takam.
“The fact that Usyk will become a mandatory challenger is not PR,” Krassyuk told Video Boxing. “These are the WBO rules, which were confirmed by the organisation’s president Francisco Valcarcel; four days ago I spoke with him.
“If Usyk wins, he officially leaves the WBO [cruiserweight] title. Usyk gains the position of official heavyweight challenger. Who is the champion? Joshua. So, Usyk is the mandatory claimant to fight with Joshua.
“From the moment when Usyk becomes the official challenger, the fight with Joshua is irreversible, inevitable. Will there be interim fights? Possibly. But all this is built in the form of a pyramid, on top of which will be a cherry – Usyk vs Joshua.”