Oleksandr Usyk and Joe Joyce in the game for the WBO title match

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Oleksandr Usyk and Joe Joyce in the game for the WBO title match

As soon as it seemed that the problems around the belt of the world boxing professional heavyweight champion according to the WBO could be solved, the situation became more complicated. After Oleksandr Usyk's statement that he is ready to give up his position of obligatory challenger at the moment and thus enable the match between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury for the absolute champion, the Ukrainian promoter denied the same, ie formulated it differently.

"There was talk of a temporary title or a denouement in which the winner of the Joshua and Fury fight would leave the WBO belt the day after the match." "But Usyk is a mandatory WBO challenger and never agreed to be left out of that fight.

He is in a good situation now, has successfully recovered from the last fight, and is looking forward to attacking the belt this spring, "Usyk 's promoter Alexander Krassyuk said recently.

Frank Warren's idea

It seems that the truth is actually somewhere in the middle, and now the second most powerful boxing man in the UK, Frank Warren, has come forward.

The owner of Queensberry Promotions has a very good idea which he claims has already started and that we could soon have a very interesting match and officially contracted. "We are currently working on a match between Oleksandr Usyk and Joe Joyce.

I think the WBO will order it to be a match for the interim title. We are currently working very seriously on that and it is one of the matches that interest Joyce," Warren told IFL. Joyce recently knocked Warren’s biggest up-and-coming star, Daniel Dubois, off the road to the top, putting himself in a very good position.

He has every right to hope for a great match, and Dubois is perhaps the best and greatest that can be offered to him at this moment. There is a lot of talk about how this temporary title would quickly become the right one, ie that the WBO could work out a compromise according to which the match between Joshua and Fury would have all four titles as a stake and the winner would become the absolute heavyweight champion.

But immediately after that, the winner should leave the WBO belt, and the temporary title, which would be owned by the winner of the match, Usyk, and Joyce, would thus become the right one. The next sequence of events would be the winner of the second match of Joshua and Fury, since the agreement to meet twice, after that he would have the opportunity to return the WBO belt and once again become the absolute champion, but the WBO champion would have the same opportunity.