VIDEO: Boxer Joe Joyce Mimics WWE Legend Randy Orton’s RKO While Talking About a Potential Undisputed Title Shot

Published 02/11/2021, 12:30 PM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 07: Joe Joyce laughs during the Daniel Dubois v Joe Joyce Press Conference at the BT Tower on February 07, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)


British heavyweight, Joe Joyce, has used famous WWE superstar, Randy Orton’s signature move to depict his career path. The undefeated fighter referenced the legendary wrestler and his move to explain how he could become an undisputed champion.

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After a lengthy period in the amateurs, Joyce made the switch to professional boxing. He is already in line for a title shot in his short career. Fresh off a stunning victory over the highly-rated Daniel Dubois, he has made a surprising analogy of his career.

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In a chat with SkySports Boxing on YouTube, Joyce spoke about his chances of an undisputed title fight. He said, “I just got to get through Usyk and then I go through like, going for the undisputed. Like outta nowhere. Like, ‘RKO’.” 
Joyce then mimicked the legendary move.
‘The Juggernaut will potentially face former amateur opponent, Oleksandr Usyk, for the WBO interim heavyweight title. This came about because of Anthony Joshua agreeing to fight Tyson Fury for the undisputed title.
Therefore, his mandatory Usyk had to find a new opponent, and Joyce’s victory over Dubois put him higher in the ranking. Thus, for all parties involved, it worked out perfectly.

Why does Joe Joyce compare his career to an RKO?

Joyce has had only 12 professional fights. Despite having a successful amateur career, ‘The Juggernaut’ has not even fought any big names in the heavyweight division other than Dubois. Therefore, the prospect of getting a world title shot in his 13th professional fight is a big surprise.
Moreover, the potential of securing an undisputed title shot in what could be his 14th professional bout is an even bigger surprise. It would almost be like the trademark move where Randy Orton would come out of nowhere with the RKO.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 13: Joe Joyce celebrates victory over Bryant Jennings after 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)
However, he knows he has to beat former cruiserweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk, for this to happen. Furthermore, the Ukrainian beat him when the pair met in the amateurs and will have his number. Hence, if Joyce can pull off two wins, it would certainly be akin to an RKO from nowhere. 
What do you think of Joe Joyce’s intriguing career analogy? 

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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