Tyson Fury is well and truly active in boxing after a very brief stint in retirement, and Joe Joyce wants to take advantage of that.
‘The Juggernaut’ is man-of-the-moment in the heavyweight division following an extremely impressive performance against Joseph Parker. Joyce’s 11th round knockout of Parker, which came after a methodical beat down that was barely paused for a breath, has the boxing world looking at the 37-year-old as a future champion.
Yesterday, Tyson Fury joined in on the praise for ‘The Juggernaut’ – even saying that there was a chance Joyce might beat him. It’s a change of heart from ‘The Gypsy King’, having said on many occasions that he believes his former opponent, Deontay Wilder, is the best fighter beside himself.
Upon hearing the news that the WBC Champion thought he was the ‘second best’ heavyweight in the world, Joyce responded by telling Fury to sign a contract to fight.
“Let’s go, sign the contract, big boy!!! Number 1 versus number 2 for the lineal [title]!!!”
It’s quite ironic that it’s now Fury being told to sign a contract, given the events with Anthony Joshua recently. He said no.
“It’s not [your] time Big Joe – I have to win undisputed first vs the middleweight [Usyk]! You also have to build yourself up to the big time!”
It’s not tour time big Joe I have to win undisputed first vs the middleweight!
You also have to build yourself up to the big time! https://t.co/hNqohdJZny
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) September 28, 2022
With both men promoted by Frank Warren’s Queensberry, it is, in theory, an easy fight to make. Things get slightly muddied when the belts come into the picture thought. Joyce is now mandatory for a shot at Oleksandr Usyk’s WBO title, whilst Fury holds the WBC belt – an organisation in which Joyce isn’t currently ranked due to his pursual of the WBO.
Still, these things have been ironed out in the past. It seems that both men want a fight with Usyk, so hopefully for fans the tentative agreement to meet in the ring can be solidified after that happens.