Oleksandr Usyk's promoter confirms talks to fight Anthony Joshua at Wembley

Oleksandr Usyk’s promoter has confirmed the Ukrainian is in talks to fight Anthony Joshua at Wembley in August and an announcement could even be made by the end of the week.

The British heavyweight had been set to fight Tyson Fury in a mammoth unification fight in Saudi Arabia in August, but that collapsed this week when an American judge ruled that Deontay Wilder was entitled to a trilogy fight with the Gypsy King.

There were suggestions that Wilder might be prepared to step aside if he receives a big enough offer, but Fury has told The Athletic he is unwilling to pay the American ‘even a cent’.

‘He tells people I cracked his skull last time,’ said the lineal champ on Thursday. ‘I’m going to crack his skull wide open this time. He got a boxing lesson the first time around, then you had an absolute destruction in the second fight so I hate to think what he’s going to get the next time.’

The trilogy fight is set to take place on July 24 in Las Vegas, leaving Joshua in need of a new opponent, and now Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk has confirmed the Ukrainian is set to step in at short notice.

‘We never had any bad relations with Eddie. So we’ve been in touch before and we are in touch even more often today and yesterday and the day before yesterday,’ Krassyuk told Pep Talk UK.

‘We are now in front of fighting AJ. I think the most probable way it should go now is AJ with Usyk.’

He continued: ‘We didn’t have much time to discuss the options, so the principle location that is under discussion at the moment is Wembley.

‘With all my respect to Saudi Arabia, it might be a little too hot in August over there.

‘But if it goes to Saudi Arabia, also happy. If it goes to Ukraine, even more happy! If it goes to any other place in the world, we are happy because we are facing the very best in heavyweights. And this is the best way to prove yourself.

‘I think this week is the deadline for everyone. So end of this week the whole world will know that Fury vs AJ on August 14 is finished.

‘And instead of one fight we are getting two fights. AJ is going to fight Usyk and Fury is going to fight Wilder.’

On how Usyk reacted to the news that he might get to fight AJ, Krassyuk added: ‘When I gave him a call, he didn’t pick up. I left a message, a short one, like “Are you ready to face AJ?” and he called me back in half an hour and explained that he was already crossing the English channel on his way to London!’

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