The head of Matchroom Boxing, Eddie Hearn, announced that his ward of the world WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Briton Anthony Joshua will give up the WBO belt if they cannot agree with the obligatory contender Ukrainian Alexander Usik and it comes to a promotional bidding.
“As long as everything goes smoothly, and no one tries to make themselves smarter than everyone else, the negotiations on the duel will continue. I think this is a very good fight. It’s not a fight with Fury, but it’s still a decent option as well.
We are still negotiating, but I think if both sides had asked the WBO to give us more time, they would have made concessions. I want to say, we will either come to an agreement with Usyk’s side or leave. I mean, we’re not going to go to promotions and bid and fiddle with all of this.
By the way, I do not blame the WBO for what is happening now. They were patient, and when the time came, they did what they had to. So I am not annoyed with this organization, I am annoyed that Joshua is constantly being told who to fight with, ”Hearn said.