Joe Joyce is gunning for a summer time showdown with both Tyson Fury or Oleksandr Usyk subsequent yr.
Fury and Usyk are anticipated to combat for the undisputed heavyweight title early in 2023, with Joyce anticipating a bout with the winner.
He’s nicely positioned for that shot. Joyce holds the WBO’s ‘interim’ title and would be the necessary challenger for the belt that Usyk at present holds.
Though Daniel Dubois, the necessary for Usyk’s WBA belt, needs to be as a result of get his problem in earlier than Joyce, he has an harm to restoration from and won’t be prepared for a significant combat till later within the yr.
Joyce himself intends to take a warm-up in March, to organize him for a stadium combat with the Fury-Usyk winner later within the yr.
“I am planning to have a combat in March, whereas all of the others are taking a combat,” Joyce instructed Sky Sports activities.
“For the summer time one [I plan to] go for a giant one, like Usyk or Fury. I will be prepared as a result of I will have had one in the beginning of the yr to get me going.”
Joyce, with an undefeated 15-0 skilled document, doesn’t need to simply sit on his rating and watch for the winner between Fury and Usyk with out combating.
“I do not perceive why individuals do this. It makes them rusty for once they do get the shot and in addition their expertise as nicely, you at all times need to carry on bettering your expertise and studying and rising as a fighter and correcting any errors, and getting in these thrilling fights for the followers,” Joyce defined.
“It’s leisure, not simply let me maintain on to my ‘0’ [undefeated record]”
In preparation for what can be a hotly anticipated summer time contest with one of many heavyweight division’s present world champions, Joyce would really like his subsequent opponent to be a southpaw: “Fury switches southpaw and Usyk’s a southpaw so it might be a good suggestion,” he famous.
The Londoner is firmly within the combine to get a combat with one of many champions. On the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium earlier this month, as soon as he noticed Usyk getting into the ring to confront Tyson Fury after the latter had crushed Derek Chisora, Joyce did not need to be outdone.
He joined Fury and Usyk within the ring and all three heavyweights ended up going through off.
“That was humorous and enjoyable on the identical time,” Joyce laughed. “Fury began revving up after which I revved up with him. It was good enjoyable and Usyk was simply there observing Fury.”
The ‘world’s hardest man’?
After his combat with Chisora, Fury spoke extremely of Joyce and put the rival Briton firmly on his personal agenda for subsequent yr.
The 2 have sparred earlier than, when Fury was obese and off form earlier than making a comeback. Nevertheless they sparred extra significantly in a coaching camp in Massive Bear in California when Fury was getting ready for his first combat with Deontay Wilder.
“It is powerful in Massive Bear anyway. You need to be a tricky man to be coaching there. You do lengthy rounds and runs each morning, you do numerous ab work, it actually trains you to be a beast, a tank,” Joyce mentioned.
Fury has known as him “the world’s hardest man” and mentioned: “I do assume the most important problem on the market for me is Joe Joyce.”
“I imagine it to be so,” Joyce mentioned cheerfully.
He identified: “[Fury] research the heavyweights, he is been within the sport all his life, he is aware of what he is speaking about and particularly sharing the ring, sparring, it was aggressive again there in Massive Bear. Fury raises his sport, as I do, and he can do the 12 rounds, he can throw quite a lot of punches, he is very skilful, so it should be a battle to the top.”
Squaring as much as Fury on Saturday wasn’t the primary time Joyce had been in a hoop with Oleksandr Usyk. When he was an novice boxer he misplaced a call to the Ukrainian in a 5 spherical bout within the World Sequence of Boxing.
Now as a prime class skilled, he desires to see how Usyk can cope in opposition to him in a 12 spherical championship combat.
“He is a difficult boxer and I am coming for him,” Joyce mentioned. “It will be an thrilling combat as a result of he can dwell with me until the twelfth spherical. He confirmed that in opposition to Joshua. Nevertheless Joshua wasn’t throwing as many punches as I’d.
“When somebody hasn’t bought energy I are inclined to step in. With Usyk it is about touchdown the punches. He units traps, he is a really tough boxer and strikes his head, good footwork and steps out and in of vary avoiding pictures so he is fairly laborious to hit. So you possibly can have as a lot punch energy as you need however should you’re not touchdown the pictures then there is no level.
“However as a result of I throw such a wide range of pictures, quite a lot of them would be the ones that get by means of and begin carrying him down over the 12 rounds. I am certain he will not have the ability to hack it after a sure level.
“He will not have the ability to sustain.”
AJ won’t need it, however the public will name for it
Usyk is not the one huge identify heavyweight Joyce has an novice previous with. He wasn’t solely a long-time sparring companion for Anthony Joshua, additionally they boxed within the London last of the 2011 ABA Championships.
Joshua received by first spherical stoppage in that long-distant novice bout and has declared he’d do the identical once more, with Joyce taking exception to the previous heavyweight world champion’s “gloating”.
Again then Joyce had boxed within the semi-final of the competitors within the afternoon, beating Dominic Akinlade who was combating southpaw, earlier than his night contest with Joshua.
“Then once I fought Joshua I nonetheless had the southpaw mindset so I used to be strolling on to his proper hand and bought three counts within the first spherical. We are able to proper them wrongs within the execs. They [the referees] usually are not going to leap in prematurely within the execs,” Joyce mentioned.
“I will not should combat twice, I will combat as soon as and beat him!”
“He was gloating,” Joyce added. “That is what sort of triggered me.”
He hopes public demand for that combat will develop: “I have not overtaken him but as a result of I am not heavyweight champion but, I have not earned the money that he is earned!” he mentioned.
“He by no means mentions my identify for some cause,” Joyce mentioned of a possible Joshua combat.
“I do not know if he’ll need to take it however perhaps the general public’s going to name for it, the followers are going to name for it will definitely and get it made. Joshua’s nonetheless very marketable and sells out stadiums.
“I am attending to that degree now so it might be good to have a showdown in London, north versus south.”
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