‘I Don’t Think He Could Hit Me if He Had a F**king Handful of Rice’: Tyson Fury Dismisses Joe Joyce as a Threat

Published 09/25/2022, 2:59 PM EDT
Tyson Fury during an interview at the Park Plaza Waterloo, London. Picture date: Friday February 11, 2022. (Photo by John Walton/PA Images via Getty Images)

WBO interim champion, Joe Joyce, put the boxing world on notice after knocking out Joseph Parker in the 11 round of an epic heavyweight showdown. However, WBC heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, doesn’t seem to be too concerned about the rising heavyweight star.

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After his victory, Joyce is now a title holder which has put him among the elites in the division. Moreover, he is now a mandatory challenger to Oleksandr Usyk’s WBO title and could possibly face the Ukrainian boxer in 2023. Despite all this, The Gypsy King feels that his fellow countryman is not on his level.

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In an interview with FrankWarren TV, Fury shared his thoughts on how a possible bout between the two would fare out. He stated that he doesn’t think Joyce had any chance of connecting in a fight, let alone beating him. “He wouldn’t land one punch on me in 12 rounds. I don’t think he could hit me if he had an f****g handful of rice,” said Fury.

Moreover, he claimed that although Joyce might be a big and strong fighter, he had the upper hand in both these aspects. “Listen he’s a big man but I’m bigger he’s heavy but I’m heavier. So that’s it listen he’s a good fighter but listen, it is what it is in the best in the world.” he added

Joyce is currently undefeated in professional boxing and has a record of 15-0. However, he is 37 years old and not currently in his athletic prime.

Tyson Fury hands Anthony Joshua a deadline to sign their fight contract

Fury recently set his sights on a bout against Anthony Joshua after talks for a title unification bout against Uysk were dismissed. He offer ‘AJ’ a 60-40 split which the former champion had seemingly accepted. However, Fury has stated that Joshua has not yet signed the contract for their fight. The Gypsy King has now given Joshua a deadline to sign the contract before he calls off the bout.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Tyson Fury celebrates his win by TKO in the seventh round against Deontay Wilder in the Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title. February 22, 2020 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

In the pre-fight presser before the Joe Joyce fight, he stated that he will give Joshua a 48-hour time period starting from the presser to sign it. “I was optimistic about three weeks ago, but it shouldn’t be taking this long to sign a contract. We’ll know by Monday anyway, because if it’s not done by Monday then I’m moving on,”  he said. the ball is now in Joshua’s court who might just need to agree to this given his recent loss at the hands of Usyk.

How do you think Joyce would fare against Fury? Let us know in the comments below.

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Sahil Sood

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Sahil Sood is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication, and holds a keen interest in the 'sweet science'. His journey towards following boxing began when he first saw the highlights of Mike Tyson as a teenager, and then closely followed the rise of Floyd Mayweather.

Edited By: Manaal Siddiqui

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