Oleksandr Usyk’s promoter believes “the boxing world would desire” a fight against Anthony Joshua.
Usyk initially challenged Tony Bellew moments after a sensational performance won him the World Boxing Super Series and all four world cruiserweight titles this month, against Murat Gassiev.
Negotiations to pit Usyk against Bellew have started but it has now emerged that the Ukrainian pound-for-pound star’s ultimate target is in the division above, against Joshua.
Usyk won gold at the Olympics six years ago at heavyweight (essentially cruiserweight as a professional), in the same Games that saw Joshua win the top prize at super-heavyweight.
Joshua and Usyk have since racked up a combined 36 professional wins, no defeats, and seven world titles.
Joshua will defend his IBF, WBA and WBO titles against Alexander Povetkin on September 22, live on Sky Sports Box Office, and hopes to lure WBC champion Deontay Wilder to Wembley on April 13.
Promoter Eddie Hearn knows that Usyk wants to beat Bellew then move onto challenging Joshua.
In the meantime, both promoters confirmed that talks are underway to agree Usyk against former WBC cruiserweight champion Bellew.