Oleksandr Usyk's co-promoter Alexander Krassyuk believes that he will miss out on his chance to fight Anthony Joshua for the WBO world heavyweight title belt as a mandatory, as they have conceded that it is likely that Joshua will vacate to meet fellow Briton Tyson Fury in a mega-fight after prevailing over Kubrat Pulev.
The Ukranian takes on Derek Chisora in his second-fight since his step up to the heavyweight division on October 31st, in what could be a real test of his credentials against a new range of opponents who are larger in size and power.
As a professional, Usyk's record is flawless causing a great deal of problems to fighters such as Tony Bellew and Michael Hunter as a tricky, dangerous southpaw.
However, Krassyuk has stated that he may not get his first huge chance at a heavyweight world title due to 'AJ' and his desire to fight Tyson Fury in the near future, and is instead looking ahead to potential arrangements for his upcoming fight against Chisora before he considers the future of his fighter.
He told MyBettingSites.com: "Usyk is mandatory for the WBO title, he is not mandatory for AJ personally. He is mandatory for the belt and whoever owns the belt is the possible opponent. Many people from a boxing audience would love to see Usyk and AJ, especially here in the Ukraine but also throughout the world. [But] Fury-AJ is much more anticipated because they are two British guys, two heavyweights. Maybe there’s a chance that they’re going to fight for the undisputed championship, which has never happened before in the history of boxing. This is a cherry on the cake.
“If there is a chance for AJ to fight Fury, I think he will vacate, that’s my personal feeling. We agreed that as soon as AJ fights Pulev and wins, he will have to face Usyk. This is our agreement but never on paper. This is what we agreed with Eddie when we gave the road for Pulev and AJ for the IBF.
"But there was also a term in the case the Fury fight turns out - then AJ may choose Fury as the principal fight. But one remark: it [AJ-Fury] cannot happen for the WBO belt, AJ would have to vacate.
“Anything could happen, things like Fury Wilder III may end up in favour of Wilder and if it goes that way Fury-AJ is not actual anymore. It’s so uncertain that making plans now is stupid.”
“Eddie is taking care of the organisational stuff, but we have more than one month to go and things may change on both sides, it can become worse or it can become better, you never know. We know at this stage the government did not allow fans in attendance, so it will take place in a venue appropriate for that kind of event. This kind of fight should not go without spectators, but if the government does not allow it due to COVID restrictions then fans will watch on TV.”
When asked about the Ukranian and his attitude towards fighting, he backed the 6'3 southpaw to achieve greatly in his upcoming fight and look ahead to bigger and better things, but decline that a realistic option would be the newly proposed heavyweight Super Series for the third season where Usyk's participation was included in the initial plans.
He said:" He has high level discipline and his confidence comes out of the discipline. When he’s in the locker room waiting, he has the impression that 12 weeks of hard work is behind him, there’s nothing else he can do. The fight night is his holiday and his party.”
"It’s a great idea but almost unreal to organise. We are still in season two and season three has started. Financial wise you’ll have to generate billions to make it happen. It’s not a matter of a millions, it’s billions, so I cannot see a source coming forward with that sort of money."