After the court decision that led to the arrangement of the match between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder shook the world of boxing, various changes took place, especially with regard to arranging the upcoming matches. Most are shocked after such an outcome.
Recall: Fury and Joshua were scheduled to hold a match in Saudi Arabia in August, but still Wilder had other plans. Wilder managed to won against Fury in court so we will still watch the match between the two of them One such was to be the one for the prescribed WBO heavyweight challenger between Oleksandr Usyk and Joe Joyce.
But Usyk's plans have changed, as he appears to be taking advantage of his mandatory challenger position already boxing in August against Joshua.
That left Joyce in an unenviable situation, coming after the biggest win of his career.
"Juggernaut" defeated Daniel Dubois in November, taking several different titles. Among them is the EBU, ie the title of European champion. And in this case, it is the most important. Joyce boxed really great and showed how good a fighter he really is.
Dubois didn't have a chance, so now Joyce will surely have a couple of offers at the table The EBU organization decided to react after the current turn of events and order Joyce to defend it. According to their plans, he should fight Mark Huck or leave the belt.
He will have the opportunity to choose until June 14, when the fee auction is agreed upon. That match was actually supposed to take place as early as January 2020, for the then still vacant EBU belt, but Huck canceled the match due to injury.
The belt eventually waited for its owner until a fight between Joyce and Dubois. If Joyce doesn’t have some better option in front of him, this could be an interesting match. Huck is a big name, especially as a former lightweight world champion.
It doesn't hurt him at all that he comes from Germany. The only problem is that he hasn't played a high-level match in a while. In fact, since July 2017, when he was eliminated from the World Boxing Super Series tournament by Usyk.
If this match comes, Joyce has a lot more to lose. Joyce will certainly consider options, and if he does get a better offer, we doubt it will be a problem for him to give up the EBU belt.