Anthony Joshua have to be “ruthless” to battle previous “difficult and tough” Oleksandr Usyk, his promoter Eddie Hearn has warned.
Joshua is about to defend his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight championships towards his obligatory challenger Usyk in September on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will, in the meantime, meet for a 3rd WBC title combat on July 24 in Las Vegas.
Hearn informed Sky Sports activities about Joshua’s plans after the breakdown in his proposed combat with Fury: “We now have each alerted the WBO, myself and (Usyk’s promoter) Alex Krassyuk.
“Phrases are agreed. The provide we made to them has been accepted.
“We transfer ahead to paper that now. We’re going by the contract with their crew.
“It is vitally amicable. They’ve been companions of ours for a very long time.
“This can be a combat that might derail the profession of Joshua if he isn’t on it, if he isn’t 100 per cent.
“AJ must be ruthless. He wants to point out the [ruthlessness of] Derek Chisora with extra cuteness and sharpness.”
Joshua and Usyk had been each Olympic gold medallists at London 2012.
The undefeated Ukrainian went on to change into undisputed cruiserweight champion and has now stepped up a weight class.
“Usyk simply needs the combat, he needs the chance to change into heavyweight champion,” Hearn mentioned.
“[Joshua] loves the combat. Everyone knows it is difficult, everyone knows it is tough.
“However what else are we going to do?
“AJ is a throwback fighter and, for years and years, has confronted all the folks that [were made his mandatory challengers].
“Time and time once more, AJ has by no means shirked a problem.
“And this can be a actual problem. Take a look at the pound-for-pound top-10 listing, AJ isn’t on it. Usyk is.
“AJ needs to make a press release, these are the fights that he likes.”
Joshua, in 2018, informed Sky Sports activities about Usyk: “It is not simply based mostly on ability, the heavyweight division. It is based mostly on will. How a lot you’ll be able to take?
“I do know he is acquired novice expertise and has achieved nicely as a cruiserweight but when he strikes as much as the heavyweight division, it would additionally check his will in addition to his ability.”