After beating Andy Ruiz Jr in a rematch to reclaim his World Boxing championship titles, world champion, Anthony Joshua must defend his victory before June 2010 or relinquish the titles.
The president of the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Francisco Varcarcel who made this disclosure in a statement, said Joshua will have to defend his WBO title against mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk within 180 days of Saturday’s win.
This implies that Joshua will now have to face the prospect of defending his WBO title before June 4th, and If he does not agree to meet the Ukrainian former cruiserweight king before then, will be forced to vacate his belt, according to Mail Online Sport.
The medium 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.
Joshua, on Saturday, defeated Andy Ruiz Jr in their world heavyweight title rematch in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Nigerian- British boxer who had earlier suffered a shocking defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr back in June 2019, in New York City, regained his IBF, WBA and WBO titles as he defeated the Mexican-American boxer by unanimous decision.