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The most likely obstacle when it comes to making a superfight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury has seemingly been overcome, as early negotiations have begun for Oleksandr Usyk to take on Joe Joyce.

According to Sky Sports, in spite of his status as WBO mandatory challenger, Usyk will only fight for the interim title against Joyce, allowing for Fury and Joshua to battle for the crown of ‘undisputed heavyweight champion’. 

Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports, Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk stated: “I received the call from George Warren with the offer to promote Usyk vs Joyce for the interim WBO heavyweight championship this spring.

“We also received the letter from WBO saying that they are considering granting sanction for AJ vs Fury.

“But Usyk has never received any serious offer nor anyone approached him with the offer to ‘step aside’. We all read it from media.

“I know that the WBO in general and its president Paco Valcarcel, in particular, will never violate the rules of its organisation and sanction the major fight without Usyk’s consent.

“So now is the best time for the AJ vs Fury fight promoters to make Usyk a serious offer either to fight the WBO champion or to step aside and fight for the interim.”

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