Anthony Joshua welcomes WBO mandatory challenger,Oleksandr Usyk fight

Anthony Joshua welcomes WBO mandatory challenger,Oleksandr Usyk fight

Britain’s heavyweight star regained the WBO, WBA ‘super’ and IBF titles following a masterful points victory over Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night, and WBO president Paco Valcárcel was quick to tweet that mandatory challenger Usyk must receive a title shot within 180 days.

The Ukrainian pound-for-pound star watched from ringside at the Diriyah Arena and Joshua welcomed a showdown with Usyk, who has joined the top division after becoming undisputed cruiser weight champion.

“In 180 days? Let’s rock and roll mate,” said Joshua at his post-fight press conference, when asked about Usyk.


“No problem,” he added.

Ruiz Jr called for a third fight, but promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed Joshua will fulfil his title obligations, with the IBF also likely to order a title defence against their mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev.

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