Joe Joyce aims dig at heavyweight rival Oleksandr Usyk
Joe Joyce starts Twitter spat with heavyweight rival Oleksandr Usyk after Ukrainian hinted their possible heavyweight showdown could take place at the Kiev Olympic Stadium, insisting he ‘couldn’t fill a bath, let alone a stadium’
- Joe Joyce has aimed a dig at rival Oleksandr Usyk ahead of a potential bout
- The pair will reportedly fight for the WBO’s interim heavyweight title this year
- Usyk, 34, called for the fight to be held at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine
- However, Joyce, 35, is unconvinced Usyk can fill the 70,000-seater stadium
Joe Joyce has ramped up the war of words with heavyweight rival Oleksandr Usyk as the British hopeful claimed his WBO shootout with the former cruiserweight king will take place in the UK.
Usyk, 34, had posed a problem for Anthony Joshua in his pursuit of a heavyweight unification bout with Tyson Fury, with the Ukrainian the WBO’s overdue mandatory to take on AJ for his belt.
However, according to Eddie Hearn, the boxing organisation has called for the Cat to take on Olympic silver medallist Joyce in a shootout to face AJ next, with the winner being crowned the WBO’s interim champion.
Joe Joyce ramped up his war of words with heavyweight rival Oleksandr Usyk (R) on Twitter
And Usyk took to Twitter on Friday to persuade Joyce into a clash at Kiev’s Olympic Stadium in his homeland.
‘Come on! my friend, I’m waiting for you at the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv!’ he wrote.
However, his 35-year-old rival is unconvinced that the former unified cruiserweight champion has the star power to fill the 70,000-seater arena, calling on Usyk to return to the UK for the clash.
‘Ah your [sic] alive,’ the Juggernaut responded. ‘You couldn’t fill a bath in Kiev let alone a stadium, see you in the UK very soon. PS I miss you’.
Usyk aimed a tweet at his rival to agree to face him in his homeland later on this year
However, Olympic silver medallist Joyce is unconvinced Usyk could fill the 70,000-seat arena
The former cruiserweight king wants the fight to take place at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev
Usyk’s most recent bout was in the UK last November, when he beat fan favourite Dereck Chisora in stylish fashion at Wembley Arena – winning via unanimous decision.
Joyce, meanwhile, put in a career-best display to stun young gun Daniel Dubois late last year and would enter the contest with Usyk with strong momentum behind him.
Should the interim title fight take place, it would pave the way for a unification bout between Joshua and WBC champion Tyson Fury in what would be the biggest fight in British boxing history.
An announcement is expected imminently, with the pair reportedly agreeing to terms for the £200m mega-bout. The fight will determine the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis in 1999.
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