‘The Fight With Joyce May Not Take Place’ – Alexander Krassyuk on Oleksandr Usyk vs. Joe Joyce

Published 03/15/2021, 3:00 PM EDT


Oleksandr Usyk’s co-promoter Alexander Krassyuk has dropped some big news regarding the Ukrainian’s next move. The promoter explained Usyk’s position with the WBO and revealed that negotiations with ‘Juggernaut’ Joe Joyce for an interim title fight have not yet started.

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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)

The Oleksandr Usyk vs. Joe Joyce bout has been one that fans have called for ever since the Joshua-Fury fight rumors started. Since then, the rumors surrounding their fight have died down. However, Krassyuk has now given an important update.

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The Ukrainian promoter spoke to Fred Talking Fighting on YouTube and shed light on the situation. He said, “In case Fury-Joyce [Joshua] goes to the second fight, they would have to vacate the title immediately. Or, to fight the champion, the interim champion. But this is just the paper. It has nothing to do with the reality.”

Krassyuk added, “Because the reality now is completely different. And you never know. The fight with Joyce may not take place very soon.” 

Although this comment will raise a few eyebrows, the promoter explained why.

On the off-chance that the Fury-Joshua fight falls through, Krassyuk revealed that ‘AJ’ would have to honor his WBO mandatory obligation. Therefore, until they announce the undisputed heavyweight title fight, negotiations with Joyce will be on hold.

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The comments from Alexander Krassyuk adds another dimension to the heavyweight division

The heavyweight division is easily one of boxing’s most exciting ones at the moment. With the two champions set to battle it out for the undisputed title, it appeared as though the challengers would have to face each other.

However, the comments from Krassyuk showed it would not be as straightforward as that. The Usyk-Joyce collision promised to be an exciting fight given the history between the two. However, much to the dismay of fans, that potential bout is temporarily on the back burner.

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Moreover, his revelation that the winner of Fury-Joshua having to fight the WBO mandatory, before a rematch disrupts the schedule. ‘The Gypsy King’ has claimed he will only fight twice this year. Therefore, if he wins, Joshua will have to wait for his rematch.

Thus, things in the division are uncertain, and everything depends on when they announce the undisputed fight. Only then will fans know whether Joe Joyce will indeed face Oleksandr Usyk.

What do you make of these comments from Alexander Krassyuk? Do you think Oleksandr Usyk should hold out for a fight against Joshua instead of Joyce?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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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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