‘No Interim Fights’- Joe Joyce Wants Oleksandr Usyk in April 2021

Published 12/12/2020, 8:00 AM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 13: Joe Joyce celebrates victory over Bryant Jennings after the Heavyweight fight between Joe Joyce and Bryant Jennings at The O2 Arena on July 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)


Joe Joyce has become one of the top fighters in the Heavyweight division after his dominant win over Daniel Dubois a couple of weeks ago.

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The matchmaking train for Joyce has been whirling, with everyone wanting to see the former Olympian put his skills to test against a multitude of opponents.

As for who Joyce wants to face, he has a clear idea. His manager Sam Jones has further clarified Joyce’s stance.

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“If that fight (against Oleksandr Usyk) presents itself, we are taking it. There’s no interim fights, we’re taking it. Joe is ready to go now. Joe wants to fight in April.

“We spoke to Frank (Warren), and Frank’s all onboard. Frank’s going to try to get him the fight. We’ve got a great team and hopefully, we can make it happen. If not, Joe’s still fighting in April in a big, big fight.”

The #two Heavyweight according to WBO has a few options. Even if he wants Usyk, there are chances that particular fight doesn’t work out.

In that case, there are always other fights in the division that can be arranged by April 2021. Especially if Frank Warren is working on it.

Joe Joyce: What is his ceiling?

Joyce has entered the world of professional boxing a little later than many do. The 35-year-old has just had 12 fights as a pro but is undefeated in all of them.

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He has 11 knockout wins as well, having seen the scorecards only once in his career. Usyk is the natural next step for Joyce, who would want to ramp up the pace of his activity inside the ring.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 07: Joe Joyce laughs during the Daniel Dubois v Joe Joyce Press Conference at the BT Tower on February 07, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

If not Usyk, could we see a fight against former champion Andy Ruiz Jr.? Or what about a match against Alexander Povetkin? Obviously, getting a Top-5 opponent is no small task, but Joyce has to aim for the stars.

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Usyk is looking to get his hands on Anthony Joshua, who will defend his titles against Kubrat Pulev this weekend. Hopefully, the future of these fighters will get clearer after that fight is done.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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