Joe Joyce is waiting in the wings for Oleksandr Usyk or Tyson Fury he would step in to fight either of them subsequent: “It truly is a really superior back-up system” Joyce declared: “I am confident in my abilities. I in fact like the sound of the Fury fight… Can you envision? Undefeated, undisputed. Possibly”
By John Dennen, Sports journalist
six:39, UK, Thursday 16 March 2023
No a single has a larger interest in following the developments of the Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk negotiations than London heavyweight Joe Joyce.
Fury, the WBC title holder, and Usyk, the WBO, WBA and IBF champion, have sparred verbally as they close in on a deal to fight for the undisputed heavyweight crown on April 29.
Of the champions’ mandatory challengers, Joyce is arguably the big contender. He has previously beaten Daniel Dubois as a certified and has also defeated Filip Hrgovic in the Planet Series of Boxing when he was amateur.
Joe Joyce dressed as the ‘Juggernaut’ (PA)
Mostly lately he knocked out Joseph Parker in beautiful style.
“If I wanted to make a statement, that was a statement there,” Joyce told Sky Sports‘ Toe2Toe podcast.
“Superb fight even even though, a lot of respect to Parker, he proper pushed me all the way to the finish. It was an thrilling fight, it had really superior exchanges.
“I threw the kitchen sink, each and every issue at him and in the end he went down.”
Like the rest of the sporting planet he has been observing the progress of the Fury-Usyk negotiations.
“It truly is sort of dragging on a bit,” Joyce pointed out. “Fury’s got 70 per cent of it [the proposed fight purse], I guess it truly is taking location now.”
Joyce thinks Fury has sufficient time to prepare for April 29. “He’s started camp, I would envision Usyk’s at the moment in camp,” Joyce pointed out. “Possibly he knows a single issue we in no way.”
Tyson Fury says he will fight Joe Joyce at Wembley if an undisputed planet heavyweight fight with Oleksandr Usyk does not materialise.
The likeable Londoner would happily to step in to fight either Fury or Usyk for a heavyweight planet championship, even at short notice.
“Possibly,” he hinted. “I guess it truly is a really superior back-up system.”
Further most most likely even even though Joyce will be pushing for his shot at the Fury-Usyk winner.
“At final. That would be a single issue, would not it?” he pointed out. “There is been a lot of rematch clauses of late. They drag on, in no way they? It truly is rather refreshing to hear that there is not a single for this fight. I can jump in afterwards, fight the winner.”
While he lost to Usyk in the Planet Series of Boxing, he’d decide on to pit himself against Fury.
“Usyk, I would not thoughts fighting when a lot more either. But Fury’s a bigger fight,” Joyce pointed out.
“They are going to get ‘Juggernauted’,” he declared.
“I am confident in my abilities and I contemplate it would be a terrific fight against either of them. But I in fact like the sound of the Fury fight.
“Can you envision? Undisputed has a superior ring to it. Undefeated, undisputed maybe.”
On Zhilei Zhang fight
Joyce has demonstrated he deserves a place amongst the heavyweight elite. His subsequent fight will be on April 15 against Zhilei Zhang. As an knowledgeable, heavy-handed southpaw, China’s Zhang could be great preparation for an eventual fight with Fury or Usyk.
“I have not fought a southpaw due to the reality Lenroy Thomas so it truly is really superior to get in there and practice,” Joyce pointed out.
“For the purpose that as we know Usyk’s a southpaw and Fury can switch southpaw as correctly. Superb preparation for the subsequent round of competitors.”
He believes his fight with Zhang could be a additional war, at least in the early going.
Frazer Clarke says he hopes for a rematch with Joe Joyce in the future just right after Joyce beat him four situations in the amateurs.
“I’d say the initially five rounds he’d be pretty risky. He’s got the power and experience,” Joyce pointed out.
“It truly is going to be awkward because he’s a southpaw, had really superior amateur experience, Olympic silver medallist as correctly.”
He thinks Zhang was unlucky to shed a option to Filip Hrgovic in his final bout. “It was a tough fight right to the finish but I believed he did superior all round and he was unlucky,” Joyce pointed out.
“He was proper blowing in that final round. It truly is a superior story because I beat Filip Hrgovic in the WSB, I am fighting Zhang who sadly lost out to him.
“It truly is an thrilling fight, a risky opportunity but it truly is a in fact really superior fight.”
On Yoka’s loss to Takam
An further of Joyce’s amateur rivals, France’s Tony Yoka did not fare correctly when fighting Carlos Takam, a single of Joyce’s former certified opponents himself, final weekend.
“I’ve fought Takam and also sparred him final camp. He’s a really superior guy and it was really superior to see him get the victory. He boxed in fact correctly,” Joyce pointed out.
“Yoka, I in no way know. I in no way see a wonderful deal distinction from the amateurs in unique in that functionality. He’s holding his guard [tight]. The punches he did land have been really superior punches but not that fairly a couple of.”
Highlights as Carlos Takam faced Tony Yoka in a heavyweight clash in Paris.
Joyce lost a hugely controversial option to Yoka in their Olympic super-heavyweight final at Rio 2016. But Joyce can examine how he has progressed with Yoka’s certified struggles.
“Specifically exactly where he was Olympic champion, he’s got as nicely a lot more than-confident. His ego, and acquiring capable to decide on his opponents,” Joyce pointed out of Yoka.
“He was saying in an interview, I in no way contemplate Joyce will do some thing in the pros and it seems to have backfired.”
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