Nathan Gorman Says Joe Joyce Will ‘Hammer’ Oleksandr Usyk in the Rematch

Published 01/17/2021, 4:30 AM EST
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – OCTOBER 12: Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine walks to the ring before his Heavyweight bout against Chazz Witherspoon at Wintrust Arena on October 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)


Oleksandr Usyk began his heavyweight journey on a pleasant note by vanquishing Dereck Chisora via decision on October 31. It was a huge victory for him, and the Ukrainian comfortably extended his undefeated run in the professional circuit. However, not everyone considers him as a threat to the heavyweight division.

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While Usyk is now being billed against other heavyweight contenders and champions, Nathan Gorman doesn’t see him surpassing ‘The Juggernaut’. According to Gorman, Usyk cannot beat Joe Joyce as he pointed out some facts to validate his statement. When asked to predict the result of the Usyk vs Joyce fight, Gorman didn’t hesitate to pick up the WBC silver heavyweight champion.

Speaking with Boxing Social, Gorman said, “I think Joe Joyce beats him. I said this about him and Daniel (Dubois). Everyone’s gone- Daniel knocking down four rounds. I said, trust me, no one knocks Joe Joyce out of four rounds unless you are catching cold, like I said it could happen to anyone.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 13: Joe Joyce punches Bryant Jennings during the Heavyweight fight between Joe Joyce and Bryant Jennings at The O2 Arena on July 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

He added, “I think he is too big and too walking and he is too good. Joe Joyce is like, being hit with him, a hammer and a hand hammer repeatedly, a hundred times for 12 rounds. That’s what it’s like.”

Joe Joyce vs Oleksandr Usyk- Is it the fight to make?

Both Usyk and Joyce are highly relevant in the current title picture. Usyk is the mandatory challenger for Anthony Joshua‘s WBO title; Joyce is also searching for bigger titles at this stage of his career.

While Joshua will seemingly fight Fury next, Usyk can face Joyce to clear the ongoing heavyweight doubts. However, when considering their sparring session from the past and the current scenario, Gorman doesn’t see the Ukrainian overpowering the Brit.

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“When Joe Joyce fought Usyk last time, Usyk was already an Olympic world champion, got nothing amateur fights. I think Joe Joyce was just on the GB screen, maybe a year or two into it. So he is fighting a very, very seasoned man now,” continued Nathan Gorman.

Despite all the conversation, Usyk is still a legitimate threat to the division. Being a former cruiserweight champion, the undefeated pugilist can put a similar mark on his heavyweight journey. While Joyce is equally skilled, only an in-ring collision can determine the better boxer between them.

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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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