By Ponciano Melo – The World Boxing Organization (WBO) on Saturday (May 22) requested Anthony Joshua to protect his heavyweight title against obligatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk after the Briton’s session with homegrown adversary Tyson Fury was tossed into question.
Joshua, who likewise holds the International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association titles, was set to confront Fury – who holds the World Boxing Council belt – on Aug 14 in Saudi Arabia.
Be that as it may, Fury requested an American authority on Monday to battle Deontay Wilder for a third time frame before Sept 15.
The WBO said it had sent a letter to Joshua’s advertiser Eddie Hearn on Wednesday to “show cause” inside 48 hours why the WBO ought not to structure a battle with Usyk, requesting affirmation of the Joshua-Fury session.
Hearn asked the WBO for an augmentation on Friday, yet the solicitation was denied.
Joshua and Ukrainian Usyk have until May 31 to agree to the battle, the WBO said, or tote offers will be called, opening the cycle to any advertiser who needs to offer for the session.
If the fight goes to a purse bid, Joshua will receive 80 percent of the bid, while former undisputed world cruiserweight champion Usyk would get 20 percent.
“Such calculation is based upon the average purse of each fighter’s last three bouts,” the WBO said, adding that the minimum bid would be US$1 million (S$1.33 million).