Team Usyk Tired Of Waiting, Demands Joe Joyce Or Anthony Joshua Fight
Oleksandr Usyk’s team has grown tired of waiting around.
Usyk is the mandatory WBO Title challenger. He has agreed to step aside to allow for Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury to happen as long as he gets an interim title fight with Joe Joyce soon. Things aren’t moving along quick enough for Usyk’s camp.
During an interview with Sky Sports, Usyk’s promoter, Alexander Krassyuk, made it clear that he feels there has been too much stalling in making Joshua vs. Fury official.
“If AJ vs Fury is not likely to happen this year or is rescheduled until the end of the year, AJ has to make a mandatory defense against Usyk unless he relinquishes the title. The WBO has to gather strength and to make the courageous decision – to order AJ vs Usyk.
“And that will be the triumph of justice. Otherwise, boxing will accelerate its decline in popularity due to unfair and preconceived politics.”
Krassyuk added that he also believes heels are being dragged when it comes to booking Usyk against Joyce.
“Usyk cannot make any move as there’s no certainty around. Usyk is doing well, safe and sound, fit and working hard. And is ready to face whoever the WBO legally nominates. But my last conversation regarding Joyce took place in the middle of January. I talked to George Warren [part of Joyce’s promotional team]. Since that time, we have hardly moved anywhere.”
Usyk earned his mandatory status after relinquishing his undisputed cruiserweight gold in favor of a change in weight class. Usyk is undefeated in his pro boxing career and is hoping he gets to hold major gold at heavyweight.