Boxer Joe Joyce’s Pursuit of Usyk rests on the fate of the WBO heavyweight championship which Anthony Joshua currently holds. Of which Anthony Joshua is currently in negotiations to fight Tyson Fury, but Usyk’s status as the WBO mandatory challenger is a block. The only option is for Joshua to secure the Fury fight by vacating the WBO belt, allowing Usyk to contest it.

Joyce, who is ranked by the WBO at No 2 behind Usyk, is in position to challenge should the belt become vacant but he will not wait much longer to learn his fate, his manager Jones said.

“The next couple of weeks because Joe wants to fight in April which is only 10 or 11 weeks away,” Jones told Sky Sports.

“Joe will fight in April. We won’t stall his career. If it’s a different opponent then it’s a different opponent, unless the WBO order Joe and Uysk to have a final eliminator.

“It is all dependent on the Joshua-Fury situation. We have made it clear to Frank Warren, Joe’s promoter, that we want to fight Usyk even if it’s an interim title fight.

“Joe would be a big underdog and would be written off but we’re confident that he would stop Usyk. Joe is all about goals, he looks forwards not backwards. He wants Usyk then the winner of AJ vs Fury.”

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