By: Sean Crose
He defeated former world title challenger Bryant Jennings in 2019 by unanimous choice. It was the one and solely time any of undefeated heavyweight Joe Joyce’s fights went the gap. The Londoner was final seen in October battling former world titlist Joseph Parker in a scheduled 12 rounder. The combat ended within the eleventh, courtesy of a left hand Joyce hook. Now the 15-0 rising heavyweight is making it clear that he desires to face the division’s largest names. Which means the Londoner is eyeing the likes of Tyson Fury & Oleksandr Usyk. What’s extra, he desires to face one of many two present heavyweight titlists by summer season – a time when one of many two males might be the undisputed champion of the world.
“I’m planning to have a combat in March,” Sky Sports activities quotes Joyce as saying, “whereas all of the others are taking a combat.” Certain sufficient, WBC and lineal titlist Fury might certainly be dealing with WBA, IBF and WBO titlist Usyk within the early portion of subsequent 12 months, making room for a possible (“potential” being the operative phrase right here) combat between Joyce and one of many two males in the summertime. “For the summer season one (I) go for a giant one, like Usyk or Fury,” he mentioned to Sky Sports activities. “I’ll be prepared as a result of I’ll have had one in the beginning of the 12 months to get me going.”
In fact, offered Fury and Usyk truly combat there might certainly be a rematch clause. It’s uncertain, nonetheless, that Joyce will sit on the sidelines till the smoke clears. “I don’t perceive why individuals do this,” the fighter mentioned to Sky Sports activities, referring to these fighters who like to attend for a giant combat to return to be. “It makes them rusty for once they do get the shot and in addition their abilities as nicely, you all the time need to carry on enhancing your abilities and studying and rising as a fighter and correcting any errors, and getting in these thrilling fights for the followers.”
Joyce and Fury have truly labored collectively earlier than. What’s extra, they labored collectively in infamous Massive Bear, California whereas Fury was coaching for his inaugural match with then WBC titlist Deontay Wilder. “It’s robust in Massive Bear…it’s important to be a troublesome man to be coaching there,” mentioned Joyce. “You do lengthy rounds and runs each morning, you do numerous ab work, it actually trains you to be a beast, a tank.” He’ll want fairly an arsenal if he needs to emerge victorious towards the likes of Fury and Usyk. There’s little question, nonetheless, that Joyce on the very least is armed with supreme confidence.