The World Boxing Organization announced an interim title bout in the division between Joe Joyce and Oleksandr Usyk. This step allows the recent title-holder, Anthony Joshua, to face another fighter but vacate the belt afterward. Login Casino follows the most interesting sports news in boxing, explaining the heavyweight boxing division's situation.
The WBO seems to allow managers to schedule the fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury. The organization was the last obstacle in the mega-fight negotiation chain as it promised Usyk to schedule the bout against Joshua before the latter could try his forces in the unification match against Tyson Fury.
Managers and promoters were suggesting numerous variants to bring the Fury vs. Joshua bout, and the Ukrainian boxer's adherence to principles was the biggest obstacle. Just after the persuasive victory over Derek Chisora, Oleksandr sent the message for Joshua that he was chasing the Britisher.
Of course, it's hard to believe that Anthony is scared of Usyk but holding IBF, IBO, WBO, and WBA belts puts a lot of obligatory pressure on AJ. Thus, before dreaming about the unification bout and WBC belt to grab a full heavyweight belt collection, he had to deal with Kubrat Pulev as IBF mandatory in December. Until recently, WBO was also forcing a new title fight since the belt was at stake on December 7, 2019, in the Fury vs. Ruiz rematch.
Was it Usyk's decision or WBO's one?
There were only two variants on how the Usyk vs. Joshua fight could be postponed. The first and foremost is the agreement of the Ukrainian to step aside and allow the determination of the absolute heavyweight champion between Joshua and Fury. Eddie Hearn was even ready to pay for such a step by Oleksandr as he was dangerous enough to ruin the unification plans by beating Anthony in the mandatory fight. However, Usyk hasn't commented on the situation yet, so the question about compensation looks the most interesting.
Nonetheless, the WBO could force the Ukrainian to step aside under the pressure of top managers like Arum and Hearn, who promoted Fury and Joshua, respectively. The WBO's representatives clearly understand the viewers' attention difference to AJ vs. Usyk and Joshua vs. Fury fights. However, WBO seems to find the golden mean, where the unification bout still includes all the heavyweight belts at stake, but the winner vacates the title right after the decision.