By Vanessa Ekpereka (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Anthony Joshua’s mandatory title defense against Oleksandr Usyk is being targeted for Wembley Stadium in August now that the Tyson Fury fight is officially off due to a miscalculation his team made.
For the Joshua vs. Usyk fight to occur at Wembley Stadium, the UK government will need to allow crowds back into sporting events by August. There isn’t much time for Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn to book a venue. He’s not likely to book Wembley months ahead without knowing 100% if crowds will be allowed.
On Wednesday, the WBO gave WBO heavyweight champion Joshua a 48-hour deadline to prove that his undisputed clash against Tyson Fury can still take place o August 14th. If Joshua can’t prove the fight with Fury can still occur, the WBO will order AJ to defend against Usyk (18-0, 13 KOs).
It’s now clear that Fury’s promoters at Top Rank have no intention of paying Deontay Wilder a step aside fee to keep him from being an impediment to the Joshua-Fury fight taking place on August 14th.
Fury and Top Rank would rather take the fight with Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) rather than paying him to step aside. Promoter Bob Arum is confident that Fury will be able to face Joshua late this year once both fighters when their next matches.