The super-fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury appears to be in jeopardy after an arbitration case ordered that Fury must fight Deontay Wilder by the middle of September.
And should a deal not be sorted between bitter rivals Fury and Wilder, Joshua could be forced to move on with his career without a WBC title fight.
Oleksandyr Usyk would be his next mandatory opponent for the WBO heavyweight title, but he had agreed to fight for an interim belt against Joe Joyce later this year.
However, Usyk could be about to get his big fight with Joshua, according to his promoter Alexander Krassyuk, who claims that talks between the two parties have started.
Krassyuk told Express Sport: "The first thing I saw when I opened my eyes this morning was several texts on my phone from different people around the world stating the same fact: Fury versus AJ is off.
"Regarding Usyk, it depends. I will speak to Eddie in one hour, we have already exchanged texts this morning.
"It looks like we have a fight to make. We have agreed to speak in one hour when things will become clearer.
"Usyk is mandatory for WBO and the only obstacle that made them sanction the interim was the huge unification between Fury and Joshua.
"And if the fight is off then there is no other obstacles and Joshua has to deal with his mandatory."
It is unknown when Joshua, who has already entered training camp for the unification fight with Fury, will face Usyk if the bout is made, or where it would take place.
Usyk last fought Dereck Chisora in front of an empty arena in Manchester on Halloween last year, winning by unanimous decision.
He has since been preparing to fight Joyce, who is promoted by Frank Warren, but could be set for a big-money fight against Joshua instead.
Bob Arum has said that Tyson Fury will 'get rid of' Deontay Wilder on July 24 in Las Vegas, and that the highly anticipated Joshua-Fury fight that was set for August 14 is now going to take place at the end of the year.
He told ESPN: "We're not paying Wilder to step aside.
"It's better to get rid of him and go about our business. We can make the Fury-Joshua fight for November or December."
Fury hasn't fought since the Wilder bout, while Joshua defeated Kubrat Pulev at the SSE Arena in Wembley in December last year.
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