Includes clips when the pair fought previously.
British Heavyweight Champion Joe Joyce has sent out a flurry of tweets adding pressure to Oleksandr Usyk calling for the pair to clash in a boxing ring for the second time.
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The pair previously met in the World Series of Boxing (WSB), in which the Ukranian's hand was raised, but in his tweets, Joyce claims to have learned from that fight, saying he believes this time the story will be very different, one that doesn't go to the final chapter.
2020 was a big year for Joe Joyce, a frustrating, exhausting wait culminating in the biggest win he could have asked for. Defeating Daniel Dubois was great, but silencing the wave of doubters who had written him off ahead of 'Dynamite' was the biggest win of all.
Hello @usykaa I know you’re there, let’s dance????— Joe Joyce (@JoeJoyceBoxing) January 13, 2021
In the interests of impartiality however, you could say much the same about Oleksandr Usyk, the cruiserweight turned heavyweight after collecting all the marbles in the lighter weight.
I had only been boxing a short time when we fought in the @WSB_Boxing.— Joe Joyce (@JoeJoyceBoxing) January 14, 2021
I know, I have learnt enough now in my pro career to adjust and knock out @usykaa.
Stop hiding and let’s make the fight! #THEJUGGERNAUT ???????? pic.twitter.com/7BMWCN6DTp
Having had a fight with Derek Chisora delayed, then delayed again, then delayed some more, Usyk himself had some doubters to silence. Unlike Dubois, he was favourite going into his fight with Chisora, though there were big questions marks over his head. Would he handle the extra weight? Could he survive 12 rounds of Derek Chisora on his chest? Would he keep the incredible footwork that saw him glide through the World Boxing Super Series?
The answer to all was yes.
In doing so, Usyk worked himself into mandatory challenger for the WBO World Title, currently held by a one Anthony Joshua. You get yourself into that conversation and you become part of the political chessboard, where everybody wants to claim checkmate.
The script, as we all know by now, looks like this.
Joshua holds the WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO world titles at Heavyweight, Tyson Fury holds the other one, the arguably more prestigious one - the WBC. What a clash it would be, needs to happen, battle of Britain etc etc.
Not that simple. If Usyk is mandatory, you have to pay him to step aside, or give him the fight that governing body has granted him, the one he has earned. The suggestion now is that Joyce Usyk should go for an interim version of the title - frustrating many fans who say their are too many belts already.
We'll find out soon, but Joyce Usyk could be the fight we see next - especially if Joyce and Sam Jones get their wish.