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In a shocking turn of events, Oleksandr Usyk’s historic reign as the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world is on the verge of collapse, just two weeks after his monumental victory over Tyson Fury.

The Ukrainian fighter’s triumph on May 19 marked a milestone in the boxing world, as he became the first fighter since Lennox Lewis in 1999 to hold all four major belts simultaneously.

However, his reign may be shorter than expected due to mandatory challenger obligations and a rematch clause with Fury.

According to sources close to the situation, the International Boxing Federation (IBF) is planning to strip Usyk of his title if he does not face their mandatory challenger, Filip Hrgovic, next. Hrgovic, who is undefeated in 17 professional bouts, has already accepted step-aside money to prolong his right to cash in on the title shot.

This development has thrown a wrench into Usyk’s plans, as he was expected to face Fury in a rematch later this year.

The rematch clause with Fury has also added complexity to the situation.

If exercised, the rematch may not be for all four belts, as the IBF plans to strip Usyk if he does not face their mandatory challenger next.

This would leave Usyk with only the WBA, WBO, and WBC titles, a far cry from the undisputed champion status he achieved just two weeks ago.

The news has sent shockwaves through the boxing world, with many fans and pundits expressing disappointment and frustration.

“It’s a shame to see Usyk’s reign cut short like this,” said boxing analyst Dan Rafael. “He achieved something truly historic, and it’s a shame that the mandatory challenger system and rematch clause are getting in the way of his reign.”

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Usyk’s team has remained tight-lipped about the situation, but sources close to the fighter indicate that he is exploring all options to retain his titles.

“Oleksandr is still the WBA, WBO, and WBC champion, and we are looking at all possibilities to keep his titles,” said a spokesperson for Usyk’s team.

As the situation continues to unfold, one thing is certain – Usyk’s undisputed reign is on the brink of collapse, and the boxing world is waiting with bated breath to see what the future holds for this talented fighter.


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