Joshua might be downed by Usyk – and Joyce is watching keenly

It's guaranteed to be rocking in Rome when England’s Three Lions meet Ukraine in a tough quarter-final tie at Euro 2020.

After an assured performance against Germany, I have the utmost confidence that Gareth Southgate and the boys will get the result and move on to a historic semi-final clash with either the Czechs or Denmark.

This game, however, won’t be the end of the England v Ukraine summer saga.

Watford’s Anthony Joshua looks set to defend his WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles against the tricky southpaw from Kiev, Oleksandr Usyk, in September.

Originally the plan was for AJ to be defending those belts against the WBC Champion, and No.1 heavyweight in the world, Tyson Fury.

That didn’t happen due to legal reasons and now both men have tricky bout’s lined up in Usyk and Deontay Wilder respectively.

I have full confidence in Tyson’s ability to do a job on Wilder again but I’m less sure that AJ can overcome the obstacle in front of him.

Usyk conquered the world at cruiserweight, unifying all the belts, and since moving up to heavyweight has remained unbeaten.

Will Joshua beat Usyk? Let us know in the comments section.

I know another big heavyweight who will be keeping a close eye on that clash – ‘Juggernaut’ Joe Joyce.

He fights Carlos Takam at The SSE Arena, Wembley, on July 24 and should he win, he’ll be installed as the mandatory challenger for the winner of Joshua-Usyk.

So while we hope and pray for a big summer for football’s Three Lions, we know for a fact it’s going to be a huge year for Joshua, Joyce and Fury: The new Three Lions of English boxing.

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