- Oleksandr Usyk was in talks to fight Tyson Fury for all the belts, but the bout has been called off
- Daniel Dubois is favourite to fight Usyk next, but Joe Joyce and Hrgović also want a shot at the champ
- Deontay Wilder would jump at a chance to fight Usyk as he looks to return to the top of the heavyweight division
Oleksandr Usyk’s bout against Tyson Fury may be a thing of the past, but the Ukrainian is not short of challengers in the future.
As WBA, WBO and IBF Heavyweight champion, Usyk has three belts to defend, which means three mandatory challengers.
Each boxing body has its own rankings system, and champions are ordered to fight mandatory challengers or vacate their belts.
Sports Brief takes a look at who the Ukranian could take on next, now that his bout with The Gypsy King has been called off.
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The British boxer known as Dynamite is the mandatory challenger for the WBA Heavyweight belt and looks the likeliest to fight Usyk next. Dubois is also a WBA Regular Champion, while Usyk is the Super Champion.
Dubois has fought 20 times in his professional career, winning 19 fights and losing just once.
As noted by Boxing News 24, Dubois is confident that he can knock out the Ukrainian.
Joyce is an undefeated Brit who handed Dubois his one and only defeat. Joyce has fought 15 times, won all 15 fights and won 14 of those by knockout, Martial Bot reported.
Joyce is also the Interim WBO Heavyweight champion and wants to fight Usyk for the belt.
Croatia’s undefeated heavyweight is the number one contender for Usyk’s IBF title. Hrgović has fought 15 times in his career and has won all of them. He’s also knocked out 12 of his opponents.
Hrgović was also due to take on former champion, Andy Ruiz Jr, for the interim IBF championship, but Ruiz pulled out of the fight.
The Bronze Bomber is no stranger to being a champion and is eyeing a return to the top of the boxing world.
As noted by SkySport, Wilder's manager Shelly Finkel said that his fighter would jump at the chance to fight the Ukrainian.
"If the Usyk fight is available, Deontay will take it in a heartbeat," he said.
Wilder has 43 wins, two losses and one draw on his record and has impressively won 42 of his fights by knockout.
Usyk vs Fury called off
The blockbuster fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will no longer go ahead, Sports Brief reported.
The two heavyweights were scheduled to meet in April to crown an undisputed heavyweight champion.
Usyk is the WBA, WBO and IBF champion while Fury is the WBC and Ring Magazine title holder.