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Anthony Joshua set to defend his title in compulsory fight on or before 180 days

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Just a day after British-Nigerian boxer, Anthony Joshua defeated Andy Ruiz Jr by unanimous decision in their world heavyweight title rematch in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the president of the World Boxing Organisation, Francisco Varcarcel has announced that Anthony Joshua must compulsorily defend his WBO title against challenger Oleksandr Usyk.


According to a publication by the WBO president, the two-time World heavyweight champion, Joshua will have to defend his WBO title in mandatory match against Usyk within 180 days of Saturday’s win and if he does not agree to meet the Ukrainian former cruiserweight king before then, he will be forced to vacate his belt.

Varcarcel also added that if Joshua does vacate his belt, Usyk could face either Dereck Chisora or Joseph Parker for the strap, which would divide the belts further across the division.


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