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    JOE JOYCE has demanded the winner between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk after beating Carlos Takam. Joyce has raced to 13-0 in his career since turning professional in 2017, a year after his Olympic silver medal. 2Joe Joyce beat Carlos Takam in six roundsCredit: PA And he put another credible name on his record after coming from behind to stop Takam, 40, in the sixth round. Now Joyce, 35, believes it has set him up for a world title fight having kept his mandatory position with the WBO. He said: “What I want is AJ or Usyk. I don’t need any more tests. I’ve picked the levels up and strategically moved. "I’ve started at the deep end and I’ve carried on at a steady trajectory. I’m ready now.” Joyce was in line to fight Ukrainian Usyk, 34, for the WBO 'interim' title while Joshua, 31, faced Tyson Fury. But those plans were scrapped when Fury, 32, was ordered to face Deontay Wilder, 35, instead to complete their contracted trilogy. AJ was then mandated...
    JOE JOYCE has staked his claim for British boxing’s lockdown break-out star. Last summer Joyce was a 10-0 prospect, frustrated by a year out of the ring and well outside of the heavyweight world title plans. 3Joy Joyce has set his sights on earning a title shot to face Anthony JoshuaCredit: Queensberry Boxing 3The Juggernaut will be mandatory challenger for AJ's WBO crown if he beats Carlos TakamCredit: Getty Images - Getty But the Putney Juggernaut then dispatched Michael Wallisch and Daniel Dubois — in high-risk, low-reward fights behind closed doors — and will be mandatory challenger for Anthony Joshua’s WBO crown if he beats Carlos Takam on Saturday. In contrast, AJ fended off Kubrat Pulev in December, had his heartbroken by the undisputed decider with Tyson Fury collapsing, and has to wait until September to fight again. And the Gypsy King’s terrible luck or judgment means he will have spent 20 months out of the ring IF he finally fights Deontay Wilder in October. DREAM TEAM IS BACK! SIGN UP NOW FOR THE 21/22 SEASON FOR YOUR CHANCE TO...
    EDDIE HEARN has revealed Anthony Joshua's fight with Oleksandr Usyk has a rematch clause included in the deal. But the clause will only be triggered if Usyk wins, allowing Joshua the opportunity to win back his lost belts. 3Anthony Joshua will have a chance to reclaim his belts if he loses to Oleksandr Usyk first time round 3Usyk's bout with Joshua will be his first shot at a heavyweight title AJ is defending his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO titles for the second time since he reclaimed the belts after beating Andy Ruiz Jr in December 2019. Usyk is Joshua's WBO mandatory opponent but Hearn has been able to secure a rematch in the deal - the agreement also includes a comeback fight down the road for Usyk if he loses. In an interview with Boxing Social, Hearn said: "There will be a [rematch] clause. "All the terms are agreed... when you talk about a rematch clause that's also the biggest fight that a fighter could have. "So sometimes people think 'oh that's a bad thing', it's actually sometimes...
    EDDIE HEARN has revealed Anthony Joshua could THIS WEEK officially sign to fight Oleksandr Usyk in September. AJ was forced to turn to his mandatory challenger after an undisputed title decider with Tyson Fury collapsed. 2Eddie Hearn revealed Anthony Joshua could THIS WEEK sign to fight Oleksandr UsykCredit: Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing 2Oleksandr Usyk is Anthony Joshua's WBO mandatory challengerCredit: Getty Soon after, the WBO ordered him to face former cruiserweight champion Usyk with Hearn leading the talks. And the promoter told DAZN that contracts could be penned by next week for the pair to fight in London in September. MORE TO FOLLOW Most read in BoxingLive BlogFOOTBALL NEWS LIVEChelsea 'to make Haaland bid', Buendia's Villa medical in ArgentinaPAUL OF DUTYLogan Paul calls out more stars after Miami showdown with Floyd MayweatherGIANT AMONG MENEx-New York Giants head coach passes away at 71 after heart attackRevealedMONEY MAYFloyd Mayweather breaks down Logan Paul payday with £21m from adverts on shorts'lack respect'Pulisic's USA winner vs Mexico marred by fans' homophobic chants & missilesExclusiveMON OF A KINDMayweather races to...
    ANTHONY JOSHUA's WBO mandatory with Oleksandr Usyk is on the verge of being finalised, his promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed. Negotiations over the fight began immediately after the collapse of Joshua's proposed undisputed heavyweight title bout with Tyson Fury, which fell through after the WBC champ was ordered to face Deontay Wilder. WIN £50,000! Play Dream Team Euros – our FREE fantasy football game 4Oleksandr Usyk is the mandatory challenger for Anthony Joshua's WBO titleCredit: Getty 4AJ's promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed a showdown between the pair is 'close'Credit: Matchroom Boxing A deal looked unlikely but is now on course to be finalised following productive talks between Hearn and Usyk's promoter Alexander Krassyuk. The Matchroom Boxing chief told talkSPORT: “I actually had a couple of calls with [his promoter] Alex Krassyuk this morning. “Today is the day the WBO will order purse bids – that gives you another seven days before purse bids to make a deal. “We are quite close now to making a deal with Oleksandr Usyk." Joshua was bitterly disappointed with the collapse of his long-awaited showdown with...
    ANTHONY JOSHUA's next fight could end being against Dillian Whyte if a deal for him to face Oleksandr Usyk can't be reached. Negotiations over a showdown with the former undisputed cruiserweight king have been ongoing ever since the collapse of AJ's blockbuster showdown with Tyson Fury. WIN £50,000! Play Dream Team Euros – our FREE fantasy football game 4Anthony Joshua is currently in talks to face former cruiserweight king Oleksandr UsykCredit: Getty 4But a remacth with Dillian Whyte could be on the cards if a deal can't be reachedCredit: SUNSPORT A deal for AJ's WBO mandatory, however, has yet to be reached. And the delay has prompted Joshua and his promoter, Eddie Hearn, to entertain the prospect of taking another fight - including a rematch with Whyte. The Matchroom Boxing chief told iFL TV: "Usyk is our preferred opponent, we want to hold onto the belts. "But there is a little bit of tiredness over being told who to fight and what split they have got to get and the inability to have flexibility in AJ’s schedule. "But at the same...
    OLEKSANDR USYK'S promoter has taunted Anthony Joshua over whether he is 'brave enough' to agree to a fight. AJ's reps have been locked in talks over a showdown with the former undisputed cruiserweight king following the collapse of his Saudi showdown with Tyson Fury. 3Oleksandr Usyk's promoter has fired a shot at Anthony JoshuaCredit: Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing 3AJ has been in unsuccessful negotiations with the Ukrainian for the WBO strapCredit: Social Media - Refer to Source Negotiations have so far failed to bear fruit and and that has led to the possibility of Joshua's mandatory title defence going to a purse bid. And Usyk's team has sent a jab to the British star by expressing his doubt over whether AJ will face the Ukrainian in the ring. Promoter Alexander Krassyuk told Sky Sports: "We are waiting for King AJ's decision whether he is brave enough to get dethroned." Asked if he expected a deal to be struck, he added: "I have no idea at the moment. We are expecting his decision." EURO 2020 BETTING SPECIAL - GET £1 FREE BET FOR EVERY...
    ANTHONY JOSHUA could end up vacating his WBO heavyweight title if a deal for him to face Oleksandr Usyk can't be reached. AJ's reps have been locked in talks over a showdown with the former undisputed cruiserweight king following the collapse of his Saudi showdown with Tyson Fury. 4Anthony Joshua celebrates his ninth-round TKO of Kubrat Pulev last DecemberCredit: AP 4Former cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk is the mandatory challenger for AJ's WBO beltCredit: Getty Negotiations have so far failed to bear fruit and have led to the possibility of Joshua's mandatory title defence going to a purse bid. But AJ's promoter, Eddie Hearn, has no intention of letting that happen, saying: "We’ll either make a deal or we’ll vacate. “I mean, we won’t be going to purse bids or anything like that, and mucking around. “By the way, I don’t blame the WBO. They were actually quite generous to us with our time. I mean, let’s be honest – it dragged on...
    TOPLESS Anthony Joshua is plotting his next move - on the chessboard and in his career. The British superstar, 31, took to Instagram on Monday evening to show his 12.3million followers how he spent his Bank Holiday. 6Anthony Joshua enjoyed a game of chess in the sun on Bank Holiday MondayCredit: Instagram @anthonyjoshua 6The boxing superstar has plenty of thinking to regarding his next plan of attackCredit: Instagram @anthonyjoshua AJ made the most of the glorious weather by stripping down to his shorts and soaking up the sun. But the 6ft 7ins shredded boxer was in no mood just to relax and instead played a game of chess. He cryptically captioned the post: "The queen protects the king." Joshua was no doubt honing his mental and strategic skills. And he will need plenty of those as he rethinks his plan of attack in the ring. The WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight king was expected to take on Tyson...
    ANTHONY JOSHUA has ramped up his preparations to face Oleksandr Usyk by sparring southpaw Wadi Camacho. The unified heavyweight king has had to drastically switch up training camp after his fight with Tyson Fury fell to pieces. 4Anthony Joshua has ramped up his preparations to face Oleksandr Usyk by sparring southpaw Wadi Camacho 4Wadi Camacho shared the images online 4Wadi Camacho like Oleksandr Usyk fights as a southpaw AJ has now turned his attention to WBO mandatory challenger Usyk by recruiting lefty sparring partners. One of those is cruiserweight Camacho, 35, who shared recent pictures with Joshua online. The former Commonwealth champion has not fought since September 2019, when he was beaten by Deion Jumah. Camacho's southpaw style was enlisted following the news Fury, 32, would be fighting Wilder, 35, next, not Joshua, 31. The Gypsy King and AJ were closing in on a deal for an undisputed title decider on August 14 in Saudi Arabia. But at the final hurdle, Wilder's right to a trilogy bout with Fury was awarded after a...
    With the fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua put on the back burner, the WBO has ordered Joshua to defend his title against Oleksandr Usyk. Following an arbitrator’s ruling that Tyson Fury must give Deontay Wilder a rematch, Anthony Joshua was left on the outside looking in, with no fight signed. However, that changed on Saturday, when the WBO ordered Joshua to defend his title against former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk. Usyk had been vocal in wanting to face Joshua, but accepted a step-aside fee in order for Joshua to unify titles against Tyson Fury. With the Fury fight off the table (for now), the WBO has made it clear that Joshua must defend the belt. The sanctioning body has stated that both sides have 10 days to negotiate a deal, or they will pursue a purse bid. Per ESPN, Eddie Hearn had a 48 hour to “show cause” as to why Joshua should not have to defend against Usyk, and was unable to do so. When Hearn asked for an extension, the WBO did not comply. If...
    ANTHONY JOSHUA'S scrap with Tyson Fury is now on the backburner after the British champ was ordered to face Oleksandr Usyk. WBA, IBF and WBO champion AJ was given a 48-hour deadline by the WBO on Wednesday to salvage his planned clash with the WBC title holder Fury. 1Anthony Joshua has now been ordered to fight UsykCredit: PA It hasn't been met and therefore the WBO have stepped in demanding AJ needs to fulfil his mandatory defence against Usyk. More to follow... Most read in BoxingFLUSH FLOYDMayweather claims he is only athlete to make $1BILLION without endorsementsPAC-KING A PUNCHPacquiao vs Spence Jr: How the boxers compare ahead of world title fightWHITE NOISEDe La Hoya calls out 'little bitch' Dana White after UFC boss blocks GSP bout'AT LEAST ONE'Logan Paul vows to fight in MMA before he dies as YouTuber eyes UFC fightLive StreamEGGINGTON VS MOLINA UNDERCARDWatch LIVE Hennessy Sports undercard for FREE from 8pmExclusiveBLING BOUQUETMayweather sends stripper fiancee flowers draped in cash as peace offering
    ANTHONY JOSHUA and Oleksandr Usyk's promoters are set to hold talks on Tuesday over a potential fight with Deontay Wilder contracted to face Tyson Fury. AJ's undisputed bout against the Gypsy King is in serious jeopardy with the Bronze Bomber contractually tied to a trilogy fight against the unbeaten British star. 5Anthony Joshua's fight to face British rival Tyson Fury in August is in serious doubtCredit: Rex 5Oleksandr Usyk may receive his WBO mandatory title shot quicker than expectedCredit: Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing Wilder was eligible to invoke a third meeting against Fury after he was dethroned by his rival in February 2020. But injuries and the coronavirus pandemic delayed the fight, with Team Fury claiming in October that the contract for a trilogy had expired. However, a US judge has now decided, following an arbitration, that Wilder is legally due a third fight that must happen by September 15. In order for Fury to face Joshua in August, Wilder could be handed step-aside money to seal the dust-up in the Middle East. WIN £50,000! Play Dream Team Euros – our...
    OLEKSANDR USYK remains the only heavyweight included on the Ring Magazines's top ten pound-for-pound rankings. With Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury yet to fight this year, neither have had the chance to climb into the mythical ratings list. 1 And with none of the top ten suffering a setback, it means the heavyweight champions are still looking on from the outside. But with Joshua, 31, and Fury, 32, signed to fight this summer, it offers the perfect opportunity for one of them to break into the Ring's top ten. Currently, only Usyk, 34, represents the blue ribband division, due to his 18-0 record and prior reign as undisputed cruiserweight king. The Ukrainian also has two heavyweight wins to his name, and stands as Joshua's WBO mandatory challenger. Canelo Alvarez, 30, sits atop of the pack, having cemented his legacy in December by winning unified super-middleweight belts. He defended them against Avni Yildirim, 29, in February and now unifies against WBO champ Billy Joe Saunders, 31, in May. The Mexican superstar already has...
    OLEKSANDR USYK'S manager has urged Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua to agree on a date and venue or his client will land his WBO title shot. The Gypsy King and AJ have a £200million two-fight deal in what is one of the biggest fights in British boxing history. 3Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua have signed a £200m two-fight dealCredit: AFP The heavyweight showdown will determine who is the undisputed champion of the world with five title belts at stake. But they are still locked in negotiations for a date and venue with eight potential destinations being considered. Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn has already mentioned Las Vegas, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Russia, China, Singapore and Wembley Stadium for the first summer brawl. Usyk, 34, is the current interim champ for the WBO title belt following his win over Derek Chisora in October. He has been lined up for a vacant title fight with Joe Joyce but Usyk is eager to hold off any deal as they await to see the outcome of Fury vs AJ. If they fail...
    ANTHONY JOSHUA and Tyson Fury fighting for the undisputed crown could be in doubt again - with Oleksandr Usyk wanting his mandatory title shot. Joshua, 31, and Fury, 32, are almost set to announce their Battle of Britain, with contracts close to being finalised. 5Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury fighting for the undisputed crown could be in doubt againCredit: PA:Press Association 5Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua are almost set to announce their Battle of BritainCredit: Rex Features And it looked as though, for the first time in heavyweight history, all four WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF belts would be contested for. That was after Usyk, 34, agreed to step aside and fight Joe Joyce, 35, for the WBO 'interim' title in the meantime. But now the Ukrainian's promoter Alexander Krassyuk claimed talks have not progressed and wants the WBO to enforce AJ to fulfil his mandatory. Krassyuk told Sky Sports: "If AJ vs Fury is not likely to happen this year or is rescheduled until the end of the year, AJ has to make a mandatory...
    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. undefined undefined 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. MORE FOLLOWS Most read in BoxingGROUND ZEROWorld's weirdest football stadiums including a castle, railway & floating pitchBOOKED PAIGEHow Paige VanZant went from bullied schoolgirl to millionairePictureddutch courageGymnastics champ and ex-porn star Van de Leur says OnlyFans saved her careerPAIGE VIEWPaige Spiranac backs Spieth to 'peak' at Masters and predicts Augusta success'CROSSED THE LINE'WWE fans grossed out as Evans reveals she's pregnant 'with Flair's baby'MONEY BALLTennis star Pegula is heiress to £3.6bn whose family own the Buffalo Bills
    LEGENDARY promoter Bob Arum has seen it all in the boxing business - but it does not stop him from looking ahead to another exciting year in the sport. The Top Rank chief is on the cusp of helping deliver a heavyweight fight for the ages between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. 7Legendary Top Rank promoter Bob ArumCredit: Getty Images - Getty But there are plenty other blockbusters in the pipeline that he hopes to secure for fans in 2021. Arum told SunSport: "Boxing has a lot to offer, if the best fighters fight the best fighter no sport can entertain as well as boxing.  "I look forward, as we're coming out of the pandemic, to a great year for the sport of boxing."  Here Arum picks seven 'must-see fights' and SunSport helps explain what makes them so special. Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua British bragging rights are finally due to be decided this year, with a deal close to be agreed between the heavyweight pair. It also promises for the first time in heavyweight history...
    Anthony Joshua bagged a dominant win over Kubrat Pulev on December 12th by stopping ‘The Cobra’ in the 9th round of their main-event clash. Relying on his uppercuts and thunderous hooks, Joshua looked confident from the beginning. In Round 3, he almost outpointed Pulev with brutal shots and many believed it to be a stoppage. However, the referee let the show go on and Joshua had to dig deep till the 9th round to regain his knockout game. While he could have bagged an early win in Round 3, Joshua found it beneficial to go the distance. In conversation with Sporting News, Joshua recalled the fight and revealed how he pulled off the big win. “I have got a lot to lose and a lot to gain. So, I boxed with boxing IQ and I just don’t go out there and it’s not a street fight.” “I have an understanding of what the sweet science is about. So, I hit and I don’t get hit. Pull, counter, Boom! That aggression in me is always there, so I wanted to take...
    The ongoing heavyweight talks in the boxing community can allure the fans for obvious reasons. While Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua are slated to fight each other in a title unification bout, WBO didn’t strip Joshua from his belt. Although Joshua’s WBO mandatory Oleksandr Usyk was already on the line, the Puerto-Rican based governing body has also found a solution to that. Athletic recently connected with WBO and reviewed an official statement that cites Oleksandr Usyk to face England’s Joe Joyce for the WBO Interim heavyweight title. Meanwhile, Joshua and Fury will collide with all the heavyweight straps at stake. So, we can envision two back-to-back heavyweight thrillers happening in 2021. If that’s not enough, then WBO has also ordered the winner of Usyk vs Joyce to fight the winner of Fury vs Joshua in an all-in-one heavyweight clash. The winners of both the fights should collide within 180 days or vacate their spot. That said, there’s no ducking for the heavyweight stalwarts from this stage. Read More | 5 Lesser-Known Facts About Caleb Plant WBO attorney Luis Batista Salas...
    The much-awaited update on the Oleksandr Usyk situation is finally upon us. Alexander Krassyuk, the Ukrainian’s manager, spoke about the heavyweight challenger’s next move. He also provided an update on its implication on the Anthony Joshua–Tyson Fury fight. CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – OCTOBER 12: Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine walks to the ring before his Heavyweight bout against Chazz Witherspoon at Wintrust Arena on October 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) This comes because of the complicated situation Usyk finds himself in, as he is the mandatory for Anthony Joshua’s WBO belt. However, the Englishman looks set to fight Tyson Fury in a mega-fight. Hence, many suspected Usyk would have to fight Joe Joyce. Speaking exclusively to SkySports, Krassyuk gave an update on the Joyce fight. “I received the call from George Warren [the son of Joyce’s promoter Frank Warren] with the offer to promote Usyk vs Joyce for the interim WBO heavyweight championship this spring.” This showed that the booking is a serious consideration right now, with the victor almost guaranteed a shot at the winner of...
    ANTHONY JOSHUA and Tyson Fury have been given a huge boost after the WBO contacted Oleksandr Usyk over fighting Joe Joyce. Joshua and Fury are closing in on a deal to secure the biggest fight in British boxing history. 4Anthony Joshua are in talks to fight Tyson Fury Credit: Getty Images - Getty 4Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua are closing in on an undisputed title fightCredit: Getty Images - Getty But it remains to be seen whether, for the first time in heavyweight history, all four world titles can be on the line. Usyk, 33, is the current WBO mandatory challenger, so would need to either challenge for the vacant belt or receive step aside money. The Ukrainian has hinted he is willing to be paid off, and his manager confirmed Frank Warren's son has contacted him to fight Joyce, 35. That would see the pair fight for the 'interim' belt, promising the winner a shot at the title next, or inheriting the full version if it was vacated. It would also pave the...
    Mega Millions jackpot hits $865M, the third largest in US lottery history. Here are Tuesdays winning numbers. Steve Bannon pardon: Trump tells people hes decided to pardon Bannon as one of his final acts in office WBO opens door for Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua to fight for its belt Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua might fight for all four major heavyweight titles yet. © Provided by Boxing Junkie BoxingScene.com is reporting that the WBO is no longer insisting that Joshua immediately defend its title against mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk, which clears the way for Joshua to defend that belt against Fury. Fury and Joshua are in talks to fight twice this year, the first time in the spring. A site reportedly has been selected but not announced. It’s not clear whether Usyk has signed off on the move, although reports have surfaced that he’s negotiating to fight Joe Joyce for the “interim” WBO title. The Fury-Joshua winner would have to fight the Usyk-Joyce winner within 180 days, BoxingScene.com reported. Deontay Wilder has also been an obstacle to a Fury-Joshua...
    ANTHONY JOSHUA and Tyson Fury face having to fork out millions to to allow their fight to have all the belts on the line. Joshua and Fury are in the process of agreeing a Battle of Britain, but Oleksandr Usyk's WBO mandatory shot gives the pair a heavyweight headache. 4Anthony Joshua is in talks to fight Tyson Fury Credit: Getty Images - Getty 4Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua face paying millions ahead of their fight Credit: Reuters Promoter Eddie Hearn explained the governing bodies are entitled to their three per cent sanctioning fee, which totals £3m while Usyk could demand 'a couple of million' to step aside. Hearn plans to speak with WBO president Francisco 'Paco' Varcarcel to find out whether he will give the green light for AJ to swerve his mandatory defence or not. But if Usyk, 33, is backed to either fight for the belt or receive a pay out, it will be down to Joshua, 31, and Fury, 32, to decide if they want all the marbles at stake. Hearn told...
    ANTHONY JOSHUA'S undisputed title clash against Tyson Fury has a major obstacle to overcome in the form of Oleksandr Usyk. And it could lead to Joshua vacating the WBO heavyweight belt in order to get the Fury deal done. BETTING OFFER: CLAIM RISK FREE £20 BET WITH PADDY POWER 4Oleksandr Usyk is the WBO's mandatory challenger for Anthony Joshua's beltCredit: Mark Robinson Usyk is the WBO's mandatory challenger, and according to his promoter the Ukrainian has 'not given his consent' for the two Brits to fight for all the belts. This is despite SunSport recently reporting that Usyk himself said he would consider stepping aside to allow the 'once in a lifetime opportunity'. And Usyk fighting next in a non-title bout has 'never been under discussion', according to Alexander Krassyuk. The promoter told Sky Sports: "According to now the deadline is more for Fury and AJ not for Usyk. "There were talks about an interim title or the AJ vs Fury winner relinquishing the WBO title the next day [after they fight]. "But as for today Usyk is the WBO...
    OLEKSANDR USYK is out of contract with Matchroom unless Eddie Hearn delivers a fight with Anthony Joshua. Hearn is attempting to sort an undisputed heavyweight bout between IBF, WBA and WBO champ Joshua and WBC title holder Tyson Fury. 3Oleksandr Usyk is out of contract with Eddie Hearn's MatchroomCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd 3The undefeated Ukrainian is the WBO mandatory challenger to Anthony JoshuaCredit: Getty - Pool But WBO mandatory challenger Usyk is a roadblock to a mega two-fight deal worth £500million. It has been claimed the undefeated Ukrainian wants a cut of the fight purse to step aside. But Hearn believes a solution that suits all parties can be found. He told Boxing Social: "It’s a situation where some people, and this isn’t really a dig at his team or anything, but some people just have the idea he should be getting millions of dollars to step aside for the fight. "Really, what will happen is, we will apply to the WBO for the undisputed fight. If they say, ‘no, you need to talk to Oleksandr Usyk’ we will...
    ANTHONY JOSHUA has hatched a three-point plan so he can dominate world heavyweight boxing. AJ has the WBA, IBF and WBO belts and wants an undisputed double-header with Tyson Fury for his WBC strap. 4Anthony Joshua won back the WBA, IBF and WBO belts back off Andy Ruiz in December 2019Credit: Getty Images The big Brit  is already plotting a future  route back to the WBO title  if Oleksandr Usyk makes him drop it to land the £500million two-fight Gypsy King deal. Usyk, the 33-year-old undisputed cruiserweight king, has been Joshua’s mandatory challenger for that belt since 2018. He wants a crack at the title or a massive step-aside fee to let the all-English clash take place. Eddie Hearn — who promotes AJ and the Ukrainian southpaw — is pushing the idea of the first fight being for all four  titles. The WBO belt would then be dropped so Usyk can contest it — and the two Englishman can settle their rivalry. Joshua, 31,  already has a Plan A, B and C to get all of boxing’s alphabet soup to...
    The big boys of Britain are envisaged to collide in 2021. Undeniably, this will be the biggest battle to have taken place on the heavyweight roster. The winner of this fight will establish himself as the unified heavyweight king. What’s more, the bad blood between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury just adds to its hype. Although they are almost always at odds with each other, things were pretty different a decade ago. In a conversation with The Guardian, Joshua opened up about his experience while sparring with Tyson Fury while he was 20. NEW YORK , United States – 1 June 2019; Anthony Joshua after defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr in their IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Championship fight at Madison Square Garden in New York, USA. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images) ”He knows what’s coming. All I wanted was his Rolex watch (because) he said before that spar, ‘If you can beat me up or knock me out, you can have my Rolex.’ It was a good spar, and I didn’t really know too much.”...
    ANTHONY JOSHUA and Tyson Fury’s super-fight negotiations have got off to a flying start. As soon as the WBA, IBF and WBO champ battered brave Kubrat Pulev on Saturday night, he stated again that Fury’s WBC crown was his only focus. 4Promoter Eddie Hearn rates Anthony Joshua taking on Tyson Fury as the 'biggest fight in boxing' and the 'best' one for both British heavyweightsCredit: Mark Robinson Ltd 4Tyson Fury taunted his rival camp of fighter Anthony Joshua and promoter Eddie Hearn as talks over the super-fight get off to a promising startCredit: Instagram @gypsyking101 The Gypsy King, 32, who  yesterday posed in a shirt mocking ‘Dossers’ Joshua and Eddie Hearn, told his rival to “grow a pair and sign the contract”. Deontay Wilder’s case for a third Fury clash is a hitch but Oleksandr Usyk’s genuine claim for an overdue WBO mandatory shot at AJ is a bigger problem. But Hearn has spoken to Fury’s US promoter, Bob Arum, and got the ball rolling on what could potentially be a £500million two-fight rivalry for the ages. 4 After a Monday night...
    ANTHONY JOSHUA is set to fight Tyson Fury in May 2021 following positive talks between promoters Eddie Hearn and Bob Arum. AJ defended his WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO titles with a ninth-round KO against Kubrat Pulev to set up an undisputed bout vs WBC champ Fury. 3Anthony Joshua is set to fight Tyson Fury next yearCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3AJ's promoter Eddie Hearn revealed he's been talking to Fury's US rep Bob ArumCredit: Getty Images - Getty Joshua's promoter Hearn is now attempting to finalise a two-fight deal with the Gypsy King's US rep Arum - with the rematch to take place in late 2021. He told Sky Sports: "I had a good chat with [Bob Arum] him last night. It's positive. "I think we're all in the same position. We want to move forward with the fight, quickly as well, which is good news for fans. "Just trying to solve any remaining issues of the fight, of which there aren't many, to be honest with you, and try and move forward collectively to let the governing bodies know...
    A deal for the long-awaited world heavyweight unification title fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury could be agreed to within days, according to promoter Eddie Hearn. Joshua knocked out Kubrat Pulev at Wembley Arena on Saturday to retain his IBF, WBA and WBO belts and clear another potential hurdle standing between himself and a lucrative showdown with Fury. MORE: Fury says he’d KO Joshua ‘inside of three rounds’ Hearn confirmed in the aftermath of the fight that talks over a “Battle of Britain” clash in 2021 will ramp up Monday and later revealed he expects a contract to be signed imminently. Asked how long it will realistically take to complete a deal between both camps, Hearn was quoted by BBC Sport as saying: “A couple of days. There is no reason we cannot complete the deal and then move on and solve the other problems. “We need to write to the governing bodies and say, ‘Yes, we have a deal’ and we will now talk to the various sites and confirm the dates shortly for what I suppose will be...
    EDDIE HEARN has revealed that Anthony Joshua may have to vacate the WBO belt in order to fight British compatriot Tyson Fury. AJ has repeatedly spoke of his desire to become the first undisputed heavyweight world champion since Lennox Lewis in 1999. 5Anthony Joshua beat Kubrat Pulev on Saturday night after knocking the Bulgarian out in the ninth roundCredit: ©Mark Robinson Ltd 5WBC champion Tyson Fury is keen to pit his wits against AJ in 2021Credit: PA:Press Association The 31-year-old - who ended a year out of the ring by knocking out Kubrat Pulev on Saturday night - holds the WBA, WBO and IBF belt, while Fury is the proud WBC champ. Both Hearn and the Gypsy King's US-based promoter Bob Arum confirmed after the bout that talks will take place to pit AJ against Fury in 2021. But in a huge blow for Joshua, talkSPORT have claimed that the WBO may not sanction the undisputed fight. They state that the WBO have already given the 2012 Olympic gold medallist two voluntary defences - his rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr...
    BRITISH boxing is going to keep booming into 2021 thanks to the UK giants leading the charge. The heavyweight division is regarded almost as a separate sport - because of the mega money and noise the biggest boys make, compared to the rest of the divisions. 4What's next for AJ after he faces off against Pulev?Credit: �Dave Thompson/Matchroom And three Brits are at the top of the Christmas tree at the end of this year, with a befuddling muddle of unmissable fixtures set for the coming months. Anthony Joshua holds the WBA, IBF and WBO titles and has to fight Kubrat Pulev tonight to keep the IBF happy. Next up, chronologically, is the WBO's mandatory man Oleksandr Usyk, who was instantly made the main man after cleaning out the entire cruiserweight division and moving up from 14st 4lbs. But back in June, AJ's promoter Eddie Hearn revealed the Watford ace and the Gypsy King have agreed the finances for two-fight deal for 2021. The first all-English clash will be an undisputed decider - to crown the first total ruler since...
    Anthony Joshua is heading into a high-stakes bout against Kubrat Pulev. Not only is it his first title defense after winning the belt in his last fight, but it also may decide whether he and Tyson Fury ever meet inside the ring. The fight against Pulev has been long-awaited, with the two initially slated to fight in 2017. Ever since that initial booking, AJ has become one of the biggest names in boxing. But, he was on the wrong side of history when he was beaten by Andy Ruiz Jr. in their first encounter. Many drew parallels with Buster Douglas beating Mike Tyson all those years ago. However, AJ came back strong in the rematch and regained the titles. He has opened up on how he dealt with the fallout of that fight. “After my loss in New York, I wanted to work on certain things. But when things are going well, it is like keep working on your strengths. So, a lot of what people say are my weaknesses are strengths I haven’t identified yet… I enhance them,...
    Kubrat Pulev is ready to meet his biggest test in Anthony Joshua, with a dream to become the new unified heavyweight champion on December 12th. The pair will face each other at the O2 in London with 1000 fans in the arena, citing a blockbuster year-ending heavyweight clash for the fans. While the combat community has already taken sides to the matchup, Pulev fans can seemingly relish as ‘The Cobra’ claims to have pointed mistakes in AJ’s game. It is no surprise that Joshua enters the fight as the favorite and possibly has more supporters. But the purists are aware of the threat that Pulev brings, touting him as the superior pugilist over the world champion. DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua poses for a photo with the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title belts after the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia (Photo by...
    JOE JOYCE looks set to face Oleksandr Usyk for the WBO heavyweight world title after sensationally stopping Daniel Dubois. The Juggernaut out-jabbed and out-thought his younger opponent and ended the fight with a jab to the eye that floored Dubois. 7Joe Joyce is in line for a world title shot nextCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd "USSSYYYKKK!"The Joe Joyce and Oleksandr Usyk mind games have already begun ???? pic.twitter.com/rf3mMFyEla— Boxing on BT Sport ???? (@BTSportBoxing) November 28, 2020 7Joyce used all his experience to batter Dubois into submissionCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd Triple D's eye had gradually closed throughout the fight, and he'd clearly had enough as referee Ian John Lewis waved it off in the tenth round. And Joyce's reward for the stunning victory could be a straight shootout against Usyk - with the biggest of rewards for the victor. Speaking after his sensationally success, undefeated Joyce called out the Ukrainian. 7Oleksandr Usyk outpointed Dereck Chisora in his toughest test at heavyweight last time outCredit: Dave Thompson/Route One Ltd The 35-year-old looked into the camera and said: "Usyk, Usyk, I'm...
    OLEKSANDR USYK is set to face Anthony Joshua or the winner of tomorrow’s Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce fight next. AJ defends his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles against Kubrat Pulev on December 12 and, if successful, has targeted a unification clash with WBC king Tyson Fury. 5Oleksandr Usyk is refusing to remain patient in his quest to conquer the heavyweight divisionCredit: Getty 5He is the mandatory challenger for Anthony Joshua’s WBO titleCredit: PA:Press Association However, he is under obligation to face WBO mandatory challenger Usyk. Fury had his hopes of defending his belt next month scuppered and is still in a wrangle with WBC chiefs over his contracted trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder. That has provided a new issue for the heavyweight division going into 2021 - but Ukrainian Usyk is refusing to remain patient as he chases his shot at Joshua. His co-promoter Alexander Krassyuk, who works alongside Eddie Hearn, told Sky Sports: “Usyk has gone through eight months of hard work getting prepared for Derek Chisora. “Now he needs to step back a bit and get...
    BOXING can often be confusing for new fans to follow when there are so many world title belts up for grabs. From all the different sanctioning bodies, including the WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO, to the Ring Magazine and Lineal titles - the sport's leading figures can often be found making head-scratching decisions. 17Anthony Joshua holds three of the four major belts in the heavyweight divisionCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd It would hopeful for us to dream of a time in the future where each division had just ONE champion. But for now reins confusion. So SunSport have put together a comprehensive list of ALL of boxing's current world titleholders. Strap yourselves in - it's a long old list. Heavyweight WBC Tyson Fury WBA Anthony Joshua (Super) Manuel Charr (Regular) WBO Anthony Joshua IBF Anthony Joshua Ring Magazine Tyson Fury 17Tyson Fury knocked out Deontay Wilder back in February Credit: Reuters Cruiserweight WBC Ilunga Makabu WBA Arsen Goulamirian (Super) Beibut Shumenov (Regular) WBO Vacant...
    ANTHONY JOSHUA will 'one million per cent' face Oleksandr Usyk if a fight with Tyson Fury cannot be agreed, reveals Eddie Hearn. Usyk maintained his mandatory position for Joshua's WBO belt after beating Dereck Chisora on points. 3Anthony Joshua will 'one million per cent' face Oleksandr Usyk if a fight with Tyson Fury cannot be agreedCredit: ©Mark Robinson Ltd 3Usyk maintained his mandatory position for Joshua's WBO belt after beating Dereck ChisoraCredit: ©Mark Robinson Ltd And the Ukrainian is expected to apply pressure on unified champion AJ to either defend his belt against him or vacate it. Joshua, 31, has already verbally agreed a two-fight deal with Fury, 32, for next year. But if the agreement collapses, his promoter warned that Usyk, 33, will be their next challenger. Hearn said: “AJ wants to fight Usyk. “It’s all business, money is important to them but Usyk wants a heavyweight world title. “If we can’t make the Fury fight and AJ beats Pulev, he is fighting Usyk one million per cent.” Joshua has not fought since...
    OLEKSANDR USYK warned his heavyweight rivals Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury that he will become 'undisputed world champion'. The Ukrainian - who held all four belts at cruiserweight - won his second fight in the blue ribbon division. 3Oleksandr Usyk warned his heavyweight rivals that he will 'undisputed world champion'Credit: ©Mark Robinson Ltd After outpointing Dereck Chisora, Usyk set his sights on Joshua and Fury's WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO titles. Asked what his future holds, he replied: "Not just world champion, the undisputed world champion." After Usyk moved to heavyweight, he was immediately awarded the WBO's mandatory position, per the governing bodies rules. The masterful 2012 Olympic gold medalist has now beaten Chaz Witherspoon and Chisora since going up a division. But he was given an early headache against Chisora, who came out on the front foot, swinging with mean intentions. As the underdog tired, and Usyk built into his rhythm, the southpaw began to run away with the rounds. Despite the victory, Carl Froch has tipped AJ - who was ringside...
    ANTHONY JOSHUA will put a fan through his paces ahead of his heavyweight showdown with Kubrat Pulev. The Brit world champion is stepping up his training schedule ahead of his bout with the Bulgarian brute on December 12. 3Anthony Joshua has offered the chance for a fan to train with himCredit: Getty Images - Getty And he is offering one lucky (or unlucky) fan the opportunity to become his training partner for one day. To be in with a chance of winning a fan must buy a bottle of Lucozade from November 1 and follow the rules inside. AJ, who holds the WBO, WBA and IBF title belts, said: "Sport is being impacted on a global level by the pandemic but exercising has never been more important. "I’m looking forward to bringing my A-game to this training session for the lucky winner and hope everyone who enters is inspired to stay active during these hard times.” There are also 20 pairs of Joshua signed boxing gloves up for grabs. After brushing aside Pulev, AJ will then...
    ANTHONY JOSHUA could drop his WBO belt to secure a Tyson Fury double and keep Oleksandr Usyk at arm’s length. AJ, 31, holds the WBA, IBF and WBO belts, and hopes to snatch Fury’s WBC crown next year to become undisputed champion. 4Triple belt-holder Anthony Joshua's overwhelming priority is to hold all the heavyweight crowns at the same timeCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4Tyson Fury is set for two all-British super-fights wth Anthony JoshuaCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd But Ukraine star Usyk is the WBO’s mandatory challenger and if he beats Derek Chisora tomorrow he insists he will not sit around waiting. So Eddie Hearn, who promotes Joshua AND Usyk, has a plan — but it would mean only the first fight would be for all the titles. He said: “I would be willing to say, subject to speaking to Anthony and Fury, that we would be willing to vacate the WBO title straight after their first fight, to let Usyk fight for it. 4 “Because we’re going to do two fights, we’re tied up for 2021, so we can...
    DEREK CHISORA could be in line for a sensational world title fight against fellow Brit Anthony Joshua if he beats Oleksandr Usyk this weekend. The Finchley brawler is a big underdog to spring a shock against the Ukrainian at Wembley Arena. 5Derek Chisora will be hoping to take the WBO mandatory shot if he beats Oleksandr UsykCredit: ©Mark Robinson Ltd 5Usyk unified the cruiserweight division before stepping up to heavyCredit: ©Mark Robinson Ltd But if Chisora upsets the odds, he is in line to take the WBO mandatory position, according to his trainer David Haye. That belt is held by Joshua, with Usyk the current mandatory challenger having unified at cruiserweight and stepping up to heavy. Speaking to iFL TV, Haye explained: "I’ll find out this week. I’ve written a letter to Paco [Valcarcel], the president of the WBO, stating that Derek should be, by beating the mandatory [Usyk], he should become mandatory himself. “There’s only so many times he can go to the well. If there’s ever a chance for him to get a world title shot, it’s off...
    Anthony Joshua has warned Oleksandr Usyk to mix up his fighting style against Derek Chisora, suggesting “some people don’t respect” his approach. Usyk, a former undisputed cruiserweight champion, will contest just his second fight at heavyweight on Saturday against Chisora. The Ukrainian defeated Chazz Witherspoon in Chicago last year but faces a sterner test in the form of Chisora, unbeaten in his three bouts since being knocked out by Dillian Whyte in London two years ago. Usyk is the mandatory challenger to Joshua’s WBO belt and is expected to be given a title shot next year, but the Briton feels he must display some greater raw punching power if he is to thrive in the heavyweight division. “When I boxed Andy Ruiz Jr. in the second fight, I adapted to the Usyk style,” Joshua told Sky Sports. “Hit and don’t get hit, the sweet science of boxing. You learn that from the amateurs. “I was amateur for 2 1/2 years so was still adapting to different styles. Usyk was amateur for a long time so he has taken the ‘Hit...
    ANTHONY JOSHUA has warned Oleksandr Usyk that ‘people don’t respect’ his power ahead of his fight with Dereck Chisora. The Ukrainian is heading into his second clash since stepping up to heavyweight this Saturday night. 4Anthony Joshua has issued a warning to Oleksandr UsykCredit: Getty 4The Ukrainian has been told ‘people don’t respect’ his power after stepping up to heavyweightCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd The former undisputed cruiserweight champion is the mandatory challenger to AJ's WBO belt and expects to receive his title shot next year. Discussing Usyk’s in-ring tactics, Joshua told Sky Sports: “When I boxed Andy Ruiz Jr in the second fight I adapted to the Usyk style. “Hit and don't get hit, the sweet science of boxing. You learn that from the amateurs. “I was amateur for two-and-a-half years so was still adapting to different styles. Usyk was amateur for a long time so he has taken the 'hit and don't get hit' style into the pros. “The good thing that helped me? Sometimes I know to sit down on my feet and hurt someone. “You've got...
    OLEKSANDR USYK'S team believes Anthony Joshua will vacate the WBO belt to fight Tyson Fury. Usyk is the manadatory challenger for that strap - but he might not get the chance to fight the Watford-born heavyweight. 3Oleksandr Usyk is the WBO mandatory challenger - but he may not get to fight Anthony Joshua for that beltCredit: Getty Images - Getty Should AJ made a successful defence of his world titles against Kubrat Pulev in december, and Tyson Fury beats Deontay Wilder in their trilogy, it would set up the Battle of Britain. But Alexander Krassyuk, Usyk's co-promoter, believes Joshua will have to vacate the WBO belt for that to happen. Speaking to MyBettingSites.com, Krassyuk said: “Usyk is mandatory for the WBO title, he is not mandatory for AJ personally. "He is mandatory for the belt and whoever owns the belt is the possible opponent. "Many people from a boxing audience would love to see Usyk and AJ, especially here in the Ukraine but also throughout the world. “[But] Fury-AJ is much more anticipated because they are two British...
    PROMOTER Eddie Hearn has revealed Anthony Joshua would be willing to vacate his WBO belt to face Tyson Fury next year. The 30-year-old has agreed terms on a two-fight deal to pit his wits against the WBC champion in 2021. 4Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have been vocal in their desire to face each otherCredit: Refer to Caption And Hearn stated last week how he is ready to send out a formal contract for the undisputed domestic dust-up. But AJ faces the prospect of having to fight Oleksandr Usyk first should he beat Kubrat Pulev later this year. Unbeaten Ukrainian Usyk is in line to face Joshua, and if he emerges victorious against Dereck Chisora next month, he will be the WBO mandatory challenger. Hearn has insisted that even though Joshua is keen to meet Usyk inside the ring, he will prioritise a clash against the Gypsy King. Speaking to Boxing Social, he said: "There’s been a lot of talk about ‘give up the belt,’ but the aim for Anthony Joshua is to be the undisputed heavyweight champion. 4Unbeaten Ukrainian...
    Promoter Frank Warren believes Daniel Dubois is ready for a title shot. Coming off a win over Ricardo Snijders, Dubois is likely to face a step-up in the challenge in his next fight. However, the challenge could bring with itself the opportunity to fight for the belt. Anthony Joshua currently holds the WBO, IBF, IBO, and WBA heavyweight titles. Oleksandr Usyk is the mandatory challenger for AJ’s WBO belt. However, Joshua is currently eyeing a much bigger fight against Tyson Fury. Therefore, it is possible that he decides to let go of the WBO belt. In such a scenario, the mandatory challenger will fight the next ranked contender, which in this case is Dubois. While Usyk will be a big challenge for Dubois, Warren thinks he is ready for even bigger tasks. He doesn’t mind imagining a fight between the winner of Fury vs Joshua and the 22-year old. “That’s what we’ve been working. It’s always been our plan. That’s what I’ve been saying from the beginning. Hopefully, we get Tyson in with AJ and the winner will have...
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