But now it appears such an arrangement will no longer be needed now that Usyk is once against available to fight. It will be music to AJ’s ears, as his promoter Eddie Hearn revealed earlier this week that the Briton is itching to get back in the ring.

“AJ is good and loved the UFC [in London last weekend], but you can tell he wants to fight,” Hearn said. “He wanted to get in there and fight. He is excited, he wants to be active and that is the one thing that has been missing a lot from his career.

“I think because of his commercial obligations, but also as well as that trying to keep more active with the pandemic, it has really been two fights in two years so he feels he wants to get active again.”