Frank Warren, promoter of British heavyweight champion Joe Joyce, said that he is now organizing his ward’s next fight, but will immediately switch to his title fight with Oleksandr Usyk if Anthony Joshua decides to abandon the fight with the Ukrainian and makes the WBO belt vacant.
“Considering Joyce’s position in the WBO rankings, we could not do anything, because we thought he would fight Usyk. A big fight was planned between Joshua and Fury, but now this situation has been resolved.
Joyce will perform on July 24th or 31st. He will fight in London and I hope we will announce his opponent soon. We are in negotiations, and I think that very soon we will be able to give a name. He will speak. He needs to fight, to stay active.
We defended his place in the WBO rankings all the time. If Joyce continues to win, then he will have the status of a mandatory challenger, and he will fight the winner of the Joshua – Usyk fight. Will we insist on a duel with Usyk if Joshua vacates the title? Yes, that’s right, “said Frank Warren in an interview with YouTube channel iFL TV.