“I’d Throw More Shots”- Joe Joyce Says He Will Be a Tougher Fight for Oleksandr Usyk Than Anthony Joshua

Published 10/03/2021, 8:30 AM EDT


Joe Joyce believes he can avenge his amateur loss against Oleksandr Usyk by challenging the Ukrainian star in the professional circuit for the heavyweight world titles. Usyk recently beat Anthony Joshua to grab the WBA, WBO, IBF, and IBO straps in a packed Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London.

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He is now reported to be going for a rematch against Joshua, possibly in Kyiv, Ukraine. However, Joe Joyce bills himself to be a way better opponent than Joshua. Still fresh from a TKO win against Carlos Takam, ‘Juggernaut’ is now one of the favorites to earn a world title shot. But only after, Joshua bags the rematch.

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Joyce connected with The Sun and shared his views on his potential fight for the championship, which can happen against any of the modern-day champions. From Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua to Deontay Wilder, Joyce welcomed the idea of facing all the heavyweight stalwarts. However, he appeared to prefer Usyk among all.

Joe Joyce said, “I think AJ suits Usyk more than my style. I’m a hard style for Usyk to fight. That’s why I think he was patient in waiting to fight Joshua.”

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“I’d throw more shots and I’d have to have a nice training camp with Ismael Salas again and work out the game plan to beat this guy. It’s a fight that I can win, especially if it’s for the belts.” (H/T:- Boxing Scene)

13-0 as a professional, ‘Juggernaut’ Joyce has earned 12 KOs under his name along with several minor titles. He is rightly a contender for the world championship now. But the heavyweight division is blooming with A-listers and mandatory challengers who have slowed Joyce’s growth.

How far is Joe Joyce from a world title?

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As of now, Joyce needs to win a few more non-title fights to remain relevant in the race for a title shot. By doing so, he will remain active, be in top shape, and hone his skills while the current champions compete against each other and settle the title picture.

Once that is done, he will be in prime position for a shot at any champion. Hence, he could be about two-three fights/wins away from the title.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 23: Joe Joyce celebrates victory over Bermane Stiverne after the Commonwealth Heavyweight Title fight between Joe Joyce and Bermane Stiverne at The O2 Arena on February 23, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

While he expressed interest in facing Usyk, it can be an intriguing fight between two Olympic medalists. If Fury vs AJ would have happened in August, Usyk vs Joyce would have gone down as that was offered to the Brit. Nevertheless, it is still relevant and can happen somewhere down the line, especially if ‘Juggernaut’ and ‘The Cat’ keep winning.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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