They have met before in the amateurs but will this fight happen next?
According to reports, and according to Joe Joyce the negotiations with Oleksandr Usyk are progressing well and a potential date for April could be on the cards. Both fighters are ranked number one and two for the World Boxing Organisation title, and if Anthony Joshua does fight Tyson Fury next to unify the division then be may be forced to vacant the WBO heavyweight title.
Both Usyk and Joyce would come into this contest as undefeated professionals with their latest wins being high profile fights, with Matchroom and Queensberry Promotions showcasing the fights.
???? #TBT Usyk v Joyce— The Boxing Lowdown (@boxing_lowdown) October 10, 2019
As @usykaa prepares for his debut at Heavyweight this weekend, he has mixed it with the big men before. Back in 2013 he fought @JoeJoyceBoxing at the WSB, a semi pro tournament for the world’s elite amateurs
Here’s how it went..#Boxing #Usyk #Joyce pic.twitter.com/McC7QSAD53
Usyk, was last in the ring in October main eventing the show against the ever present Dereck Chisora. Usyk showed his amateur pedigree throughout the twelve rounds and winning by unanimous decision. Many pundits and news outlets have questioned whether Usyk as heavyweight has the power to hurt the big heavyweights, but the speed and skill he possesses are his major assets.
Joyce last fought in November against Daniel Dubois, in a battle of Britain and overcome the heavy hitting Dubois in superb fashion. Joyce landed the heavier jabs throughout the contest and eventually in the tenth round made Dubois take a knee due to a badly swollen left eye that got worse as the fight went on.
Joyce is a year older then Usyk, but both fighters have superb amteur careers, with Usyk winning Olympic Gold in 2012, and Joyce winning gold at the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and silver in the Olympics in 2016. How would Usyk take a huge jab from Joyce? How would Joyce cope with the speed and presence of Usyk?
This fight has many avenues of a super fight and one that, if possible, a hyped up British crowd would love to spectacle. Only time will tell if this fight happens, and if a crowd would be allowed in, but fight fans would relish such a 50/50 contest
There's a "strong possibility" that we will see #UsykJoyce in April ????@frankwarren_tv is backing @JoeJoyceBoxing to beat @usykaa, and believes 'The Juggernaut' is well-positioned in the heavyweight title mix ???? pic.twitter.com/chJKtllTjl— Boxing on BT Sport ???? (@BTSportBoxing) February 2, 2021