Joe Joyce and Joseph Parker are now more motivated to win the WBO Interim Title form. In theory, it should guarantee the winner a title in their next fight.
The battle, which will take place on September 24 at AO Arena in Manchester and shown on BT Sports Box Office, was attractive. Many consider it a 50/50 based on the experience and attributes of the couple.
Joyce is undefeated as a pro – but with just 14 fights at 36, some say he doesn’t get promoted often enough. However, 13 KOs and an Olympic silver medal (potentially gold pending investigation) tell themselves. Many have tried to stop ‘The Juggernaut’ from advancing in the ring – a few have succeeded.
Parker, on the other hand, rose to the challenge. He previously won the vacant WBO belt in a match against Andy Ruiz Jr, completing a few defenses before losing to Anthony Joshua. He lost to Dillian Whyte shortly after but has won since and is looking for a way reached his peak under new coach, Andy Lee.
Via his Queensberry YouTube channelFrank Warren confirms the development.
“The winner of these becomes [WBO] Interim Champion. Which means Usyk or Tyson if they get together, they’ll have to defend against them [the winner of Joyce – Parker]. “
“It may affect the terms of wallet bids [for a title fight] number one. But second, it guarantees that the fight will happen – and nothing in between. “
“For example, if the champion skips the title, you immediately become the champion and then you fight the next available – but you’re getting the champion almost out.”
Despite this assertion for Joyce and Parker, things at the top of the weight class are still confusing. It seems that the two current champions, Usyk and Tyson Fury, are only interested in each other. If that war takes placemany assumed that the winner and the new undisputed champion could hang up the gloves.
This leaves Joyce vs Parker winner, as well as WBA Regular Champ Daniel Dubois, IBF mandatory challenger Filip Hrgović, and more, all with a chance to claim the belt.
Who knows – maybe if Fury or Usyk becomes undisputed, they’ll keep fighting, leaving the sanctioning authorities to decide which one must be served first. That is, assuming there is no rematch clause in that contract.
Speaking of rematch terms, Joyce has a good reason if Parker beats him – another reason why this makeshift belt might just move things in theory. What is certain, however, is that the addition of a title makes an already intense heavyweight clash even more important for the future of the division.