Two big heavyweight names are finalizing a deal for the WBO interim belt, the winner will likely face the winner of the Fury vs Joshua fight. The fight is important for the division since the winner will likely fight for the undisputed belt.
Usyk is one of the top pound for pound fighters right now and was the undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world. His skill is second to none in the division and is looking to outbox most of his opponents using footwork and techniques.
He is coming off a win against a tough heavyweight veteran, Derek Chisora and won the WBO Inter-continental heavyweight belt. In the fight, he has shown he can take the power of heavyweights but Chisora has not really been the best heavyweight, it was still a test whether Usyk belongs in the division which he passed with flying colors.
Meanwhile Joyce is also not known to be the fastest and strongest boxer but has a great jab. It proved to be an important weapon in beating the rising prospect Daniel Dubois. Though Joyce only has 12 pro fights, he has beaten great opponents and has a great amateur record. He was an underdog against Dubois but he still proved to be the better boxer that night.
In combat sports, it is always style makes fights. The clash of Joyce vs Usyk will be a chess match. They are known to be smart and technical boxers that start out slow and gets better as the round progresses. Usually when casuals hear heavyweights, first thing comes to mind is early knockout but they are known to dissect their opponents.
Props is also given to the WBO for granting a permission for the Fury vs Joshua fight to happen. Had they not made the interim belt, they would have stripped Joshua of the belt making the super clash not for the undisputed. Usyk was supposedly the mandatory challenger but then WBO decided that if he gets past Joyce, he would get the winner of Fury vs Joshua.