BRITISH heavyweight Joe Joyce showed a snowman no mercy as he braved the severe UK weather to continue his Oleksandr Usyk preparations.
The 35-year-old Olympic silver medalist put himself among the top names in the division with a sensational tenth round stoppage victory over compatriot Daniel Dubois in November.
He is now targeting a blockbuster bout with undefeated Ukrainian Usyk, a clash which could be for the WBO world title if Anthony Joshua decides to vacate in order to face Tyson Fury.
And not even the bitterly cold British weather was going to prevent Joyce from training on Sunday.
Joyce boasts a perfect record after 12 fights since going pro in 2017.
But he was beaten by Usyk in the World Series of Boxing back in 2013, a five-round semi-professional type contest.
Speaking about the possibility of Joyce-Usyk, promoter Frank Warren told iFL TV: "We’re working on, at the moment, Usyk and Joe Joyce.
"I think the WBO will order that as an interim-title fight so we’re working hard to make that happen.
"The situation is that the WBO have said they’d like to do that fight as an eliminator. We have no objection to that and I don’t think Usyk has.
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“There’s been some preliminary talks and we’ll see where we go from there.
"I hope [the fight will get made]. It’s a good fight and I think whoever wins it, based on his last performance, Joe’s looking really good.
“If he comes through it, it puts the winner in a tremendous position.
"The eventual winner of the two fights between Tyson and AJ will have to defend against Joyce or Usyk, or vacate the belt."
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