Heavyweight belts will be vacant soon – Eddie Hearn


The heavyweight belts will soon be vacant. Promoter Eddie Hearn thinks so (Matchroom Boxing). But do not look for “zrada” in the words of a businessman. After all, he is not talking about the fact that the unified heavyweight champion Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs) will soon have to get rid of titles due to unwillingness to hold mandatory defenses.

“Yes, I really believe that in the next 6-12 months the belts will become vacant,”
reasoning promoter. “That’s almost always the case when an undisputed world champion appears in a division.”

According to rumors, in the spring of 2023, Usyk will meet with the owner of the missing WBC belt to the complete collection of the Briton Tyson Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) – the absolute world champion will be determined in a face-to-face fight.

Meanwhile, Hearn has other concerns: “My task is to make sure that my fighters Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte occupy the first numbers in the ratings. Joshua, for example, could fight Deontay Wilder vs Andy Ruiz for the WBC title or Filip Hrgovic for the IBF belt. And White could fight Joe Joyce for the WBO title. There are many options here. And you also need to take into account the pressure on organizations from the current mandatory applicants.

Already this weekend, White will try to inflict a debut defeat on the American Jermaine Franklin – our forecast and bets on this fight.