Oleksandr Usyk vs. Joe Joyce Being Worked On, Says Frank Warren
It appears a heavyweight clash between Oleksandr Usyk and Joe Joyce could be on the horizon.
Usyk is the mandatory WBO Heavyweight Title challenger. He earned that right once he moved up from the cruiserweight division. Usyk was the undisputed cruiserweight titleholder.
While Usyk insisted that he would uphold his mandatory status, he may have changed his tune. Queensberry Promotions’ Frank Warren told iFL TV that there are discussions in place to book Usyk vs. Joyce, potentially for the interim WBO Heavyweight Championship (via BoxingScene.com).
“We’re working on, at the moment, Usyk and Joe Joyce. I think the WBO will order that as an interim-title fight so we’re working hard to make that happen. The situation is that the WBO have said they’d like to do that fight as an eliminator. We have no objection to that and I don’t think Usyk has.
“There’s been some preliminary talks and we’ll see where we go from there. I hope [the fight will get made]. It’s a good fight and I think whoever wins it, based on his last performance, Joe’s looking really good. If he comes through it, it puts the winner in a tremendous position. The eventual winner of the two fights between Tyson and AJ will have to defend against Joyce or Usyk, or vacate the belt.”
The current WBO Champion is Anthony Joshua, who also holds the WBA (Super), IBF, and IBO gold. Tyson Fury is the WBC and The Ring Champion. Joshua and Fury have been angling for a title unification fight. Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn expects both men to fight each other twice.