When Joyce’s name was floated as a possible opponent for Anthony Joshua’s interim bout, he became excited. The undefeated Joyce, on the other hand, is in line for a title shot against WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk. And he may not be prepared to forego it unless AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn offers him a large sum of money.
Hearn still feels that Usyk will return from the Ukraine war to defend his IBF, WBA, and WBO heavyweight championships against Joshua in a rematch. If the combat in Kyiv, Ukraine goes street-to-street, Usyk should be able to escape without being injured or killed.
Joshua can no longer afford to sit and wait for Usyk to return from the Russian front. It’s not realistic, and if Joshua wants to improve his skills, he needs to stay active.
If Joshua truly wants to wow boxing fans with his interim bout, he’ll give Hearn orders to hire Deontay Wilder. People would flock to see a Joshua vs. Wilder fight right now, regardless of whether or not there were any belts on the line.
After Usyk returned to Ukraine to participate in his country’s continuing war with Russia, a fight scheduled for May suddenly appears exceedingly doubtful. The WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight champion have joined the territorial defense brigade. This week that he has no idea when he will fight again.
Joshua lost all three of his titles to Usyk last year. As a result, he parted ways with long-time trainer Robert McCracken. While a new cornerback has yet to be named, ‘AJ’ has spent time in America working with a variety of coaches in an attempt to correct the errors that led to his second professional loss.
Angel Fernandez, Anthony Joshua’s assistant coach, has been appointed to head trainer. Ahead of his fight to reclaim his heavyweight championships from Oleksandr Usyk. When Joshua was outpointed by Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September, he lost his belts for the second time in four fights.
Joshua Said, “For me personally, I’ve got to keep active, Keeping active is the best thing. An inactive fighter isn’t a good fighter. I would love to keep active.”
He was chastised for his tactical approach to his second career loss. He began looking for a new trainer to work alongside longstanding coach Rob McCracken.