12 Feb

"Moved Up to Heavyweight." Joyce on Usyk

British heavyweight Joe Joyce (15-2, 14 KOs) spoke about WBA, WBO, IBO, and IBF heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk (21-0, 14 KOs) and the postponement of his fight with WBC champion Tyson Fury (34-0-1, 24 KOs).

"It seems Tyson was in shape. It's a big fight for him too. They've been in boxing all their lives, they've had a lot of belts, so I think it was an unfortunate accident. But the fight is merely postponed.

Usyk is very good technically and at close range. He needs to close the distance, and he is very skilled. He probably already knows what to do. They are both experienced fighters, have been in boxing for a long time, for them, it's routine. I'm just glad the fight is finally happening.

Usyk has improved significantly since our bout. He has adapted to the weight correctly because, after the Olympics, he had an amateur style. Now he has grown into a heavyweight. He hits hard, he's strong, he throws a lot of punches, very skilled.

They are the best of the best. May the strongest win," Joyce said.

Joyce and Usyk boxed in 2013. At that time, in a semi-professional league during a meeting of the teams of Great Britain and Ukraine, Alexander won by a unanimous decision of the judges.