General Director of the promotion company K2 Promotions Ukraine Alexander Krasyukwho leads the professional career of the unified heavyweight division champion (over 90.7 kg) Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs), in a YouTube channel podcast
boxoffice named all the mandatory contenders for the Ukrainian champion.
Krasyuk also outlined the sequence of mandatory defenses, but noted that the main priority is the fight for the title of absolute champion against the WBC title holder Briton Tyson Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs).
– And if we talk about belts in general. It is clear that the upcoming fight is for the absolute champion with Tyson Fury, and as I understand it, all versions have been sanctioned and no one is against it.
– Yes sir.
– But in principle, how is the situation with versions? Who is more pressing that there are mandatory contenders and there are some deadlines, deadlines when you need to defend the belt or have to give it away? Clarify a little.
– We have three belts: WBA, WBO and IBF. Three belts, for each of which the obligatory contenders are almost already determined. However, we have a certain calendar sequence. That is, depending on how the belts were won, or in what order the defenses were carried out by the previous owner of the belts, the mandatory defenses of these belts should continue in exactly the same sequence.
We have the first in line – this is the WBA, Dubois. Dubois promoted by Frank Warren. The man who conducts the actual affairs and Tyson Fury. Then comes the IBF. This is Hrgovic, whom Kalle Sauerland is doing business with someone else, I don’t know with whom. And the third is Joe Joyce, who is the “interim” WBO champion, who is also handled by Frank Warren. Here, as a matter of fact, as the basket of obligatory applicants looks. But the most mandatory contender is Tyson Fury, because he has the fourth belt that we need.
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