There are some heavyweight bouts to be made in 2021, but any plans for future fights could hinge on whether a unification contest between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury can be agreed. Much of that will depend on whether Fury is forced to take on Deontay Wilder once again in a trilogy fight.
However, if the fights work out in the way that many people are hoping, then there will an opportunity for one heavyweight to step up and take on Oleksandr Usyk. But, could the man to accept that challenge be Joe Joyce?
Boxing News: Joyce Looks Ready For Huge Fight
Joyce shocked boxing fans around the world in late November, when he defied expectations to knock out Daniel Dubois in the tenth round. That stunning victory saw the Brit pick up the WBC Silver, Commonwealth and British heavyweight titles. Dubois was seen by many as the next best fighter in the heavyweight division, but Joyce was superb at the Church House to claim the win.
Talks about his next fight are heating up, and a potential scrap with Usyk could be something that could interest the Brit. However, reports this week have claimed that he could be prepared to put his mandatory on the line and instead come up against fellow Brit Derek Chisora. Former heavyweight champion David Haye has already admitted that Joyce may find it hard to turn down a mega fight of that size.
Boxing News: Huge Decision For Joyce
There is no doubt that a fight against Chisora would be a massive occasion for fight fans in the United Kingdom, as Chisora has been one of the most prominent names throughout his career. It would also be an interesting test for Joyce, as Del Boy has already come up against a number of the most dominant heavyweights in the world.
Chisora has recently been beaten by Oleksandr Usyk, and has also been beaten by Dillan Whyte, Kubrat Pulev and Tyson Fury during his career. It would certainly be a fight that would test Joyce, as Chisora has long been a measuring stick for the fighters that have gone on to achieve heavyweight glory. As for Usyk, it still hasn’t been decided whether he will enforce his mandatory title challenge, which could also scupper plans for Joshua vs Fury in the first half of 2020.