Heavyweight contender, Martin Bakole, has gunned for both Joe Joyce and Daniel Dubois after both of the Brits suffered stoppage defeats over the last couple of months.
Joyce began 2023 with a reputation of having one of the greatest chins that the heavyweight division had seen since the tun of the millennium.
However, ‘The Juggernaut’ lost his undefeated record in April when Zhilei Zhang dominated him in London and caused his eye to close up, scoring a technical knockout victory.
Last month, Zhang put an end to Joyce’s immediate title hopes, defeating him in the third-round of their rematch with a heavy knockout.
Meanwhile, Daniel Dubois accepted the challenge to face the unified champion, Oleksandr Usyk, and was out-boxed for most of the contest, being dropped in the eighth round and taking a stoppage defeat in the ninth
In an interview with IFL TV, Bakole criticised the performances of both men and welcomed a fight with either of them.
“I’m always open to everyone. I always want to give everyone a chance, but people can see that they are bums, and they avoided me. Now look at them. I can’t believe that Dubois got stopped with a jab and I can’t believe that Joe Joyce made that mistake of opening up. He tried to do something stupid in the ring and he got knocked out cold.”
“Everyone can now see the level of Martin Bakole and how tough I am, how I fight and how I always want to knock them out, they [other heavyweights] are always avoiding me. But I’m open to them, if they want the fight after this [next fight], then why not? I’m ready to knock them out again.”
Before the Congolese heavyweight can think about a fight with Joyce or Dubois, he must first defeat Carlos Takam, whom he faces on October 28 on the Tyson Fury-Francis Ngannou undercard.