EDDIE HEARN has revealed Anthony Joshua might face Ukrainian sensation Oleksandr Usyk as early as subsequent yr.
The cruiserweight proved his dominance within the division by changing into the primary man to carry all 4 belts following his eighth spherical knockout of Tony Bellew on Saturday evening.
Now he might have his sights on even greater issues and is anticipated to leap up a division to hitch the heavyweight giants.
And if he does, undefeated champ Joshua might be ready within the wings, in response to promoter Hearn.
However he’ll want at the very least two fights earlier than preventing the Watford-born brute.
Chatting with Sky Sports activities, Hearn mentioned: “I feel he is [Joshua] intrigued by Usyk,
“I feel he wish to struggle Usyk, I feel he wish to struggle everyone who he views as a top-level fighter.
“The problem for Usyk is the dimensions. It may be very troublesome for anyone to out-skill him, however [Evander] Holyfield did it, however he did it truly with toughness, which is even more durable than to do it with talent.
“However I feel if Usyk exhibits what he’ll present at heavyweight, and if he places himself able, AJ can have no drawback preventing him.
“That would find yourself being an enormous, large struggle, however I feel Usyk within the post-fight interview was very wise, and mentioned this division shouldn’t be a joke.
“I am not simply diving in, I have to make it possible for I put together correctly for challenges like that. I see him having two fights in all probability earlier than he is prepared for Joshua at heavyweight.”
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Hearn additionally revealed how Deontay Wilder is high of the queue and the choice rests on his shoulders.
He added: “It is dependent upon the Wilder struggle actually,
“I feel if the Wilder struggle does not occur, then we might go [Dillian] Whyte, if he beats [Dereck] Chisora, after which Usyk after that, however lots is dependent upon what Usyk needs to do, and whether or not he looks like he is prepared.
“I feel the AJ struggle is a really, very, very robust struggle for Usyk. AJ could be very quick, and he is very cell, and I feel Usyk will do higher in opposition to slower heavyweights, who aren’t as cell. However it will find yourself being a monster struggle sooner or later.”
Usyk’s supervisor, Egis Klimas, says his fighter is not going to be rushed into preventing Joshua explaining that the he’ll have one or two fights first to get used to the heavyweight division.
He mentioned: “We cannot be going for Joshua within the first struggle [at heavyweight], he’ll want a struggle or two in opposition to the larger guys.”