Olympic silver medal winner Joe Joyce is still hoping that Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk could find a way to finalize their undisputed showdown.
On Wednesday, both camps admitted that a deal was dead in the water after disagreements over the monetary split involved in a contracted rematch.
Joyce has a lot to gain, because he's the WBO's mandatory challenger - which puts him in line to fight the winner.
"I'm hoping that it's going to happen. It's the undisputed [heavyweight title fight]. When was the last undisputed? They need to have that fight. It needs to happen. Then you can open up some more fights," London's Joyce told Sky Sports.
"Can you just get the fight made please guys? I thought it was on. What's the reason this time?"
Usyk, who has the WBO, IBF, IBO, WBA world titles, has several obligations on the table - with the WBA's mandatory, Daniel Dubois, up first.
Whole Joyce is the WBO's interim-champion, he prefers a domestic showdown with Fury.
But first, Joyce has to beat another Olympic silver medal winner, Zhilei Zhang on April 15.
"I've got the WBO Interim, I want the full title. Then people can challenge me for it, be in some great fights and then we can all live happily ever after," Joyce said. Everyone wants to see undisputed. It's been such a long time. Once that fight's happened, then there's another undisputed fight queued up.
"First I've got to beat up Zhang, before I can go and beat up Fury. I aim to have a destructive performance and beat him in style and then push [for] the Fury fight. That's the fight I want. Fury says he wants to fight me. In the meantime I'm hoping that [Fury-Usyk] fight gets across the line. A big fight with Zhang and hopefully things will get ironed out and I fight Fury after."
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