Oleksandr Usyk will be Anthony Joshua’s mandatory WBO challenger if cruiserweight ‘super champ’ moves to heavyweight

OLEKSANDR USYK can challenge British heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua whenever he likes after the WBO made the cruiserweight a ‘super’ champion.

The Ukrainian holds every belt in the division and the sanctioning body has rewarded him the title that means he will automatically become the mandatory challenger in the weight division above or below.

 Joshua holds the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world titles

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Joshua holds the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world titles

A WBO inside revealed to talkSPORT that the title means the 31-year-old southpaw can challenge WBO, IBF and WBA king AJ whenever he wants to step up a division.

Usyk already has a clash in the making with British ace Tony Bellew, who was the best 200lb fighter before he bulked up to retire David Haye in two thrilling bouts.

And Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has already revealed that the Watford hero watched Usyk’s crowning July night against Murat Gassiev and is expecting a call, if Bellew cannot dethrone him.

A WBO representative told talkSPORT.com: “The votes have already taken place to name Usyk the WBO ‘super champion’. He will be given a special belt.

 Usyk beat Murat Gassiev to claim all four cruiserweight world titles

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Usyk beat Murat Gassiev to claim all four cruiserweight world titles
 The WBO 'super' champion gets special privilages

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The WBO 'super' champion gets special privilages

“Based on the rules of the WBO, his promoter can request to the championship committee to name Usyk the mandatory challenger in the heavyweight division.”

Matchroom promoter Hearn said: “Joshua wants the Usyk fight.

“He is fascinated by that kind of thing because he wants to test himself against people who he thinks are brilliant.

"He thinks Usyk is brilliant. He is up for it.”

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OLEKSANDR USYK can challenge British heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua whenever he likes after the WBO made the cruiserweight a ‘super’ champion.