Sam Jones: Oleksandr Usyk Will Probably Win a Five Round Fight Against Joe Joyce

Published 02/07/2021, 12:08 PM EST
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)


World Boxing Organization is working to settle a heavyweight clash between former competitors Oleksandr Usyk and Joe Joyce, paving the way for them to meet the winner of Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua in the future.

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However, Usyk is still new to the weight class and Joe Joyce has been a heavyweight throughout his career. So, many have posed their favor for the ‘Juggernaut’. But Usyk has defeated Joe Joyce in the past and Joyce’s manager, Sam Jones, envisions the same if the heavyweight boxers clash in a five-round fight now. Speaking with Behind The Gloves, Jones revealed how the fight result can change under different circumstances.

“If Usyk box Joe in a five-round fight now, Usyk would probably win. This is a 12-round fight with 10-ounce gloves, it’s a totally different fight and Joyce got a lot better since that fight and I know Usyk has gone on to do great things like I don’t want to sit here and say,” said Sam Jones.

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Although Usyk has spent most of his boxing career at the cruiserweight class, Jones didn’t hesitate to give him a fair shot at the heavyweight elites.

Hailing the Ukrainian great, he added, “I don’t know maybe Evander Holyfield aside, Usyk is the greatest cruiserweight of all time. Him, David Haye, Evander Holyfield are my top three best cruiserweights of all time.”

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Usyk and Joyce collided at the World Series of Boxing in 2013, before turning professional. While Usyk won the fight, Joyce can avenge the loss after almost eight years. It further intensifies the tale as the WBO Interim heavyweight title will be at stake.

What’s on the line for Oleksandr Usyk and Joe Joyce?

Both the pugilists are undefeated in the professional circuit. Meanwhile, they are on the verge of bagging the bigger shots in the heavyweight ride. So, the upcoming matchup will determine a lot for them.

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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)

On notching a win, it can be the ultimatum for the winner as they are touted to fight either Tyson Fury or Anthony Joshua. So, it has a lot on the line. While Joyce and Usyk have locked horns in the past, they aren’t new to each other’s caliber. That said, their upcoming clash is one of the biggest fights that we can see this year.

Do you think Joe Joyce will vanquish Oleksandr Usyk?

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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