Joe Joyce (9-0, 9 KO’s) is awaiting news on his next opponent following his third round KO victory against Alexander Ustinov (34-4, 3 KO’s) this past weekend in Stevenage.
‘The Juggernaut’ will return on July 13th at the O2 Arena, as he looks to rise through the ranks and land a World title fight as soon as possible.
With victories over the likes of Lenroy Thomas, Bermane Stiverne and the aforementioned Ustinov, Joyce has seen his profile rise across the division.
Further to this the next time the 33-year-old enters the ring it will only be his tenth bout as a professional. All nine of his contests so far have ended by stoppage, and Joyce will be looking to add either a worthwhile belt or a respected name to his record.
The Olympic silver medallist has manoeuvred his career in to three different mandatory positions, with Manuel Charr’s WBA ‘Regular’ World title, Agit Kabayel’s EBU title and the vacant British heavyweight belt – until he opted against facing Daniel Dubois.
In a recent Boxing Social interview, promoter Frank Warren confirmed offers had been made to Dereck Chisora, Joseph Parker, Alexander Povetkin and the previously mentioned Kabayel, but all have reportedly turned down offers from Joyce’s team.
Chisora had supposedly asked for a seven figure sum to accept the bout according to manager Sam Jones, whilst Agit Kabayel has purportedly turned down multiple offers and has the option to defend the EBU belt against a voluntary challenger before facing his mandatory.
Bryant Jennings, Eric Molina and Chris Arreola are the latest names rumoured to be under consideration to face Joyce on July 13th.
At the age of 33, ‘The Juggernaut’ will be eager to be fast-tracked towards world level in the near future.
Article by: Andi Purewal
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