The war between Ukraine and Russia is causing all sorts of confusion in the world of sports as well. Although the competent boxing authorities have not currently imposed sanctions on Russian boxers and a fighter like Dmitry Bivol has arranged a big match against Canelo Alvarez, problems are present when it comes to Ukrainian boxers.
Namely, boxers like Vasyl Lomachenko and Oleksandr Usyk have returned to their country and are focused on defending themselves from the Russian invasion. The latter said he was ready to put his career on hold as long as his country needed him, and Lomachenko thought similarly.
The situation with Usyk complicates things for Anthony Joshua. The Briton was defeated by Usyk in the ninth month of last year and lost the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles. AJ has the right to an instant rematch and plans to use that option.
The two great boxers were due to re-compete in the spring, but it is unknown at this time when Usyk will be able to return to the ring. One of the boxers ready to jump in as a replacement for Usyk is Joe Joyce (13-0-0). The 36-year-old Briton is undefeated in his professional career so far, and he also has a silver medal from the Olympic Games held in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
Joyce is one of the more exciting heavyweight names and it’s time for a bigger leap. By knocking out Daniel Dubois and Carlos Takam, he proved he was ready to attack the very top, and Joshua would be a great test for him.
Still. it seems that AJ does not see Joyce as a particular threat, but neither does Otto Wallin who is also mentioned as a possible option. '' Lol ok ... I shared the ring with most of the people you watch in the heavyweight division today.
I boxed against Otto Wallin twice in my younger days and I boxed against Joe (Joyce) and stopped him in the first round." "I would do the same thing today. Nothing has changed, '' Joshua wrote on Twitter, apparently referring to amateur matches.
By the way, Joshua wrote this as part of a kind of Q&A he did with fans on Twitter and answered a number of interesting questions. Among other things, he touched on Deontay Wilder. "Need I say more! Let’s put this “AJ ducked” saga to rest.
I respect wilder he’s a good fighter. He just wasn’t ready to fight me! If you don’t believe me. See below "- wrote AJ, enclosing one of Wilder's "tweets" in which the American boxer explains how he accepted the match with Fury, even though they offered him a match against Joshua and more money.
However, Wilder's "tweet" says that Deontay wanted to honor some agreement with Fury, so he refused to fight Joshua and does not give the impression that Wilder was not ready to fight AJ. This is obviously a provocation by Joshua.