Banner Promotions, who represent heavyweight contender Andrey Fedosov (31-3, 25 KOs), have revealed that their team was presented with a good offer to face Olympic gold medal winner Oleksandr Usyk.
Usyk, who last year unified the entire cruiserweight division when he united the WBO, IBF, WBA, WBC world titles, is looking for more gold in the heavyweight ranks.
Uysk was scheduled to make his heavyweight debut in May, against Carlos Takam. That fight was called off when Usyk withdrew with a training camp injury.
The fight was pushed back to October 12 in Chicago, but Takam fell out of the contest after recently signing a promotional deal with Star Boxing.
Fedosov's handlers like the idea of facing Usyk. However, they felt the better route was to take a tuneup - considering their man has been away from the ring since October and returning from an injury.
After the tuneup, they are willing to sit back at the table to discuss a deal to face Usyk.
"I presented the offer [from Usyk] to his two managers and they both seemed to like the fight," Matt Rowland of Banner Promotions told Sky Sports,
"But when Andrey came to the United States on Tuesday, August 13, they decided instead to take a tune-up fight in October. After his tune-up fight in October, we will then reexplore fighting Usyk or any of the top heavyweights.
"Andrey is coming off a fractured wrist that is now healed. I liked this fight for Andrey because Usyk is coming off a layoff [just like Andrey] and this being Usyk's first time at heavyweight, who knows how he will be? Andrey Fedosov can fight and punch. Hopefully, we get a chance again to make this fight for Andrey after the October 12 bout."
Upon rising to heavyweight, the WBO made Usyk their mandatory challenger - which puts him in line to face the winner of the upcoming rematch between Andy Ruiz and Anthony Joshua.