While waiting for Joshua to take on Fury for the undisputed world heavyweight championship, Oleksandr Usyk will meet Joe Joyce in a 12-round bout with the WBO interim heavyweight title on the line. Although it hasn’t been confirmed yet when and where the fight will take place, the estimated date is April 17. So, we can start placing our bets on this event.
The 34-year-old Ukrainian boxer reigned as the undisputed cruiserweight champion, holding all major titles. Nonetheless, Oleksandr decided to not rest on his laurels and declared his intention to move up to heavyweight. Many people predicted that he would fail. But Usyk won both of his fights in the new division, thus adding to his professional boxing record, which now includes 16 wins in cruiserweight and 2 – in heavyweight.
In his most recent fight in October 2020, Oleksandr faced Derek Chisora. Having won by unanimous decision, Usyk became Anthony Joshua’s WBO mandatory challenger. Have a look at the best moments of the Usyk-Chisora clash.
Having started his professional career in 2017, Joyce now has a record of 12 wins. It’s interesting that Usyk and Joyce already met in the World Series of Boxing in 2013. Then, the Ukrainian won a 5-round bout via unanimous decision.
The 35-year-old Joyce had his last fight in November 2020. In a highly anticipated battle “Juggernaut” knocked out Daniel Dubois in the 10th round, thus winning British, Commonwealth, WBC Silver, WBO International and vacant European heavyweight titles. Watch the highlights of the fight here.
Analyzing the opponents’ characteristics, let’s mention that Usyk is one year younger, 8 cm shorter and has a 5 cm shorter reach than Joe Joyce.
The negotiations concerning the fight still continue, but we can already see who the favourite is. Despite physical advantages, Joyce is seen as the outsider, with the odds of 2.86 on his victory.
The odds on Usyk’s triumph are 1.37.