Oleksandr Usyk Receives Offer for Joe Joyce Fight – No Order From WBO

Published 01/21/2021, 4:45 AM EST
Oleksandr Usyk celebrates his victory against Tony Bellew in their cruiserweight boxing bout Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Manchester, England. Usyk successfully defended his four belts and likely sent Bellew into retirement by knocking out the British fighter in the eighth round. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)


The much-awaited update on the Oleksandr Usyk situation is finally upon us. Alexander Krassyuk, the Ukrainian’s manager, spoke about the heavyweight challenger’s next move. He also provided an update on its implication on the Anthony JoshuaTyson Fury fight.

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – OCTOBER 12: Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine walks to the ring before his Heavyweight bout against Chazz Witherspoon at Wintrust Arena on October 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

This comes because of the complicated situation Usyk finds himself in, as he is the mandatory for Anthony Joshua’s WBO belt. However, the Englishman looks set to fight Tyson Fury in a mega-fight. Hence, many suspected Usyk would have to fight Joe Joyce.

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Speaking exclusively to SkySports, Krassyuk gave an update on the Joyce fight. “I received the call from George Warren [the son of Joyce’s promoter Frank Warren] with the offer to promote Usyk vs Joyce for the interim WBO heavyweight championship this spring.”

This showed that the booking is a serious consideration right now, with the victor almost guaranteed a shot at the winner of Fury-Joshua. This could also be a cracking fight for fans, and an adequate test for both fighters before they compete against the champion.

READ: Eddie Hearn Lambasts Oleksandr Usyk for Disrupting the Tyson Fury-Anthony Joshua Fight

Oleksandr Usyk has received no offer to step aside

The manager also spoke about the AJ vs Fury fight and said, “We also received the letter from WBO saying that they are considering granting sanction for AJ vs Fury.”

He confirmed that there was no order for Usyk to step aside, and added that the WBO has not communicated what his fighter has to do, neither has there been any offer from the Fury-Joshua promoters to step aside. However, Krassyuk is confident that the WBO will do nothing behind their backs.

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He then called for the promoters of the fight to make an offer to Usyk to let the fight happen. Thus, these comments showed that he is still very much in the picture and could still play a part in disrupting that fight.

What do you make of this situation? Who is Oleksandr Usyk most likely to take on in his next fight?

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READ: Joe Joyce into WBO Rankings: Will it Endanger Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk Fight?

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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