Ukranian says Brit needs to 'fall in line'.
As the back and forth rumbles on between Oleksandr Usyk and Joe Joyce, the Ukranian heavyweight has seemingly changed the mood - moving away from the lighthearted jestering we've become used to, to take a more formal tone giving an insight into how conversations are progressing.
Quoted at Talksport, the statement from Oleksandr Usyk said “Joe Joyce’s team made us an offer. The offer was unsuitable, so we made a more viable counter-offer. Joyce shouldn’t think too much of himself and fall in line with everyone else. I’ll be the one making the final decision.”
With such bullish dialect, Usyk could be forgiven for becoming frustrated with the sport having been already pushed aside in world title talks. The former cruiserweight champion was in line to face Anthony Joshua as WBO mandatory, a fight that has now been jeapordised as AJ moves towards a unification fight with WBC king Tyson Fury.
Joyce is a tough fight for Usyk, possibly one that bears relatively low fruit for a considerable risk. This latest statement may reveal a more frustrated side to the usually more playful Usyk, a frustration which could be justified, one that could however play into the hands of Joe Joyce.
The saga continues.