By Chukwuka Joseph (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Anthony Joshua’s blockbuster showdown with Tyson Fury should receive a major boost next month when an Oleksandr Usyk-shaped stumbling block is removed.
The charismatic Ukrainian is the mandatory challenger for Joshua’s WBO heavyweight title and his desire to compete for the belt had threatened to scupper plans for AJ to finally face Tyson Fury.
However, it appears that Usyk is now just weeks away from having an alternative fight with Joe Joyce confirmed, which would allow Joshua to agree the finer details of his clash with the Gypsy King.
Promoter Eddie Hearn revealed that Usyk vs Joyce will go to purse bids at the beginning of March, with the winner likely to face the winner of Joshua vs Fury.
‘The WBO have ruled [Usyk vs Joyce] for the interim title with a view to the winner fighting the winner of AJ-Fury,’ Hearn told Sky Sports.