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Joe Joyce: Talks 'going well' for Oleksandr Usyk fight

Joe Joyce says talks are "going well" for his fight with Oleksandr Usyk.

The Juggernaut looks set for a contest against the Ukrainian fighter in April as he revealed that plans are falling into place so the potential world title bout can happen.

Joyce told BT Sport: "Yes, it’s going as planned so it seems… the winner will get the WBO.

"It’s looking like April. The negotiations seem to be going well and it looks like the fight is going nicely and it’s almost confirmed.

"I can’t wait. Back in the gym, getting ready. I think I’m going to go for the knockout, the stoppage. I’m going to stop his feet."

Joyce admits that he will have to be "smart" in the fight and is aiming to put the preparation in at the gym so he can win the contest.

He said: "I’m going to have to be smart and switched on not to take too many shots back.

"I want to stop his feet by any means necessary but also listen to my corner and all the things I’ve been doing inside the gym.

"Do all the hard work in the gym so it’s easy by the time I get to the fight."

Joyce previously fought Uysk and lost back in 2013 but feels he has learnt his lessons from the contest.

He explained: "I’ve learned a lot since then and he’s bulked up in size a bit.

"Maybe he lost a little speed, so I’ve kind of caught up with him, and I hope to take over him in this next fight.

"It was a good learning fight for me as well because his skills were next level.

"This whole camp will be focused on fighting him, so I’ll be getting the sparring and the tactics. I’ll be working on stuff just for him."

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