Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury moves one step closer as WBO order AJ’s mandatory challenger Usyk to fight Joe Joyce

ANTHONY JOSHUA’S blockbuster heavyweight title unification fight with Tyson Fury has moved a huge step closer to coming to fruition following the news Oleksandr Usyk is on course to face Joe Joyce.

Former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk was the mandatory challenger for Joshua’s WBO title.

Anthony Joshua is a on a collision course with Tyson Fury
Tyson Fury celebrates his momentous victory over Deontay Wilder last February

But the WBO have paved the way for the biggest fight in the history of British boxing to come to fruition by ordering an interim title fight between Usyk and his former amateur opponent Joyce.

Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, announced the news on Wednesday afternoon.

AJ, who scored a brutal ninth-round KO victory over Kubrat Pulev last December, was hoping the WBO would do their utmost to allow his long-awaited Battle of Britain with Fury to come to fruition.

He told Sports Illustrated: “In my heart of hearts, I don’t want to drop a belt.

“I’ll fight Usyk first if I have to. But I think the governing body should overrule a mandatory if they have a fight for an undisputed champion, which they could. 

“If they were keen on this unification fight they [the WBO] would say to Usyk ‘right, we have this undisputed title fight coming up which overrules a mandatory challenge’.


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