Anthony Joshua is in danger of losing one of his heavyweight championships less than one week after he won his rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr.
One day after his victory, Joshua was formally ordered to make his WBO mandatory defense against Oleksandr Usyk. Now according to ESPN, the IBF has ordered that Joshua fight Kubrat Pulev for their mandatory title defense.
The dual orders put Joshua’s hold of the belts in jeopardy. In order for Joshua to keep possession of the titles, one organization, or challenger, will have to agree to step aside for the other fight. If there is no agreement, Joshua will have to vacate or be stripped of one of the titles.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn, also co-promotes former undisputed cruiserweight world champion Usyk. Hearn has reached out to John Wirt of Epic Sports and Entertainment, which co-promotes Pulev with Top Rank.
At this time, neither Anthony Joshua or Eddie Hearn specified what their plan is or which opponent they will pursue.