‘It is a fight that we would be interested in putting together’ – Eddie Hearn clears the air on uncertainty over Oleksandr Usyk vs Joe Joyce
Both the heavyweights are unbeaten in their professional boxing careers.
With the boxing fraternity eagerly waiting for Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury, it is easy for any other bout to slip under the radar. One such bout has to be the possible showdown between Oleksandr Usyk and Joe Joyce. The two undefeated boxers are expected to fight for the interim title, with the winner getting a chance to fight the winner of AJ-Fury.
Speaking about this in an interview with SkySports, Matchroom Boxing CEO Eddie Hearn, cleared the air on the uncertainty surrounding the fruition of the fight, revealing that the plan was to make the fight happen soon, since ‘there is history between the two of them from their amateur game.’ The pair faced-off back at World Series Boxing in 2013, as Oleksandr Usyk eased to victory!
I believe that fight will go to purse bids in a couple of weeks‘
Eddie Hearn was quoted as saying, “The WBO have ruled [Usyk vs Joyce] for the interim title with a view to the winner fighting the winner of AJ-Fury. I believe that fight will go to purse bids in a couple of weeks. Certainly we will be bidding for that fight. It is a good fight. There is history between the two of them from the amateur game. It is a fight that we would be interested in putting together.” [via SkySports]
Joyce’s manager Sam Jones of S-Jam Boxing confirmed: “We are still in negotiations to get the fight done.” [via SkySports]
Oleksandr Usyk is unbeaten in his boxing career. With 18 wins and no losses, he currently holds the WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title, which he won in his last bout, against Dereck Chisora, which also happened to be just his second heavyweight bout.
Joe Joyce, on the other hand, just like Usyk, is undefeated as well. He is coming off a stunning knockout victory over fellow Englishman Daniel Dubois, on the 28th of November, 2020. And, since then Joyce has been who holding the British, Commonwealth, European, WBC Silver, and WBO International heavyweight titles.