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Court Ruling: Anthony Joshua may fight Oleksandr Usyk

The anticipated world heavyweight unification bout between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury was thrown into doubt earlier this week. A US judge ruled Fury must fight American Deontay Wilder before having a chance to fight for the three heavyweight belts in custody of Anthony Joshua. Promoters of both boxers had agreed to a heavyweight title unification bout in Saudi Arabia on 14 August. Against all expectations, a US judge this week gave a deadline of 15 September for Fury to fight Deontay Wilder.

This implies the Joshua/Tyson fight cannot hold as scheduled. Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn has one choice - to fight WBO mandatory challenger, Oleksandr Usyk. Less than a week ago Hearn told BBC he did not have any back - up plan but with the latest development, Usyk seems the only choice left if Joshua must fight this year.

However, there is a possibility of negotiating with Wilder for a financial settlement to enable the Joshua/Tyson fight to hold this year.

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