Oleksandr Usyk vs Joe Joyce ‘still in negotiations’ for key fight that allows Anthony Joshua to face Tyson Fury

Oleksandr Usyk and Joe Joyce’s proposed clash will head to purse bids for promoters to finalise the fight that would enable Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury, says promoter Eddie Hearn.


IBF, WBA and WBO champion Joshua and WBC titleholder Fury plan a mega-fight this year to decide the heavyweight division’s undisputed No 1.

One of the main roadblocks to that dream fight was Usyk’s status as WBO mandatory challenger but the governing body have moved in favour of accelerating Joshua vs Fury.

Sky Sports reported in January Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk “received the letter from the WBO saying that they are considering granting sanction for AJ vs Fury”.

Parker is also pursuing WBO title shot

Former WBO champion Joseph Parker can edge closer to a shot at his old belt, if he defeats Junior Fa this Saturday.

Parker is ranked at No 3 by the WBO, just behind Joyce, and manager David Higgins suggested his fighter could even have a stronger claim for a fight with Usyk.

“You have to look at the resumes of the two fighters [Parker and Joyce],” Higgins had recently told Sky Sports.

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“Joseph Parker is a former WBO world champion. He has got some wins on his resume, including Carlos Takam, Andy Ruiz and Alexander Dimitrenko.

“He took Anthony Joshua the distance. If Joe beats Junior Fa – and remember Fa is the current WBO No 6 – so if Joe beats Fa, I think on balance of the evidence, he would have to go to No 2.

“But obviously we would lobby the good people of the WBO and that would be at the discretion of their ratings committee.

“It’s an interesting question, but we would hope to go back to No 2.”

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