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Joe Joyce still hoping for Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk undisputed showdown


Joe Joyce still hoping for Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk undisputed showdown


British boxer Joe Joyce is hoping that Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk can still find a way to make their highly-anticipated undisputed heavyweight showdown happen. Despite both camps admitting that the fight is currently off the table due to disagreements over the monetary split for the rematch, Joyce is optimistic that the fight can still be made.


Joyce, who is the WBO’s mandatory challenger, believes that the undisputed heavyweight title fight needs to happen, and that it will open up more opportunities for fighters in the division. He prefers a domestic showdown with Fury, but first, he must beat Zhilei Zhang on April 15.


“I’ve got the WBO Interim, I want the full title. Then people can challenge me for it, be in some great fights and then we can all live happily ever after,” Joyce said. “First I’ve got to beat up Zhang, before I can go and beat up Fury. I aim to have a destructive performance and beat him in style and then push [for] the Fury fight.”


Joyce is hoping that the Fury-Usyk fight can still be made, as he believes it will be a great spectacle for boxing fans. Usyk, who holds the WBO, IBF, IBO, and WBA world titles, has several mandatory obligations on the table, with the WBA’s mandatory, Daniel Dubois, up first.


“Can you just get the fight made please guys? I thought it was on. What’s the reason this time?” Joyce said. “Everyone wants to see undisputed. It’s been such a long time. Once that fight’s happened, then there’s another undisputed fight queued up. In the meantime, I’m hoping that [Fury-Usyk] fight gets across the line. A big fight with Zhang and hopefully things will get ironed out and I fight Fury after.”

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