By Vanessa Ekpereka (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Oleksandr Usyk’s team are ‘optimistic’ his heavyweight showdown with Anthony Joshua will be finalised in a matter of days.
The news will come as a huge blow to Dillian Whyte and Andy Ruiz Jr, who both threw their name in the hat to face the unified champion next after his proposed £100million undisputed fight with Tyson Fury collapsed.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn revealed earlier this week that Whyte and Ruiz Jr were under consideration despite the WBO ordering him to fight their mandatory challenger Usyk next.
The two teams were given a deadline of May 31 to begin negotiations before the fight would be decided via purse bids, but Uysk’s promoter revealed they are already in talks and are close to reaching an agreement.
‘We are in the middle of negotiations now and things look optimistic,’ Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk told Sky Sports.
‘As long as I am informed there are no visible obstacles to the deal not to take place, hopefully, it will be completed within the rendered timing.’
Joshua’s fight against former cruiserweight king Usyk is expected to take place in the UK around August time, with Wembley touted as one of the options to host it.