Joe Joyce believes the WBC World Heavyweight Champion, Tyson Fury, needs to start doing his talking in the ring.
The two big men are undefeated in the sport’s top division, and share a promoter in Frank Warren. Because of this connection, things should, in theory, all be in place to make a fight.
Fury once branded Joyce his toughest test, and ‘The Juggernaut’ certainly isn’t for backing down from the challenge. Despite that, there’s one man – Fury’s father – who doesn’t want to see it happen.
Asked by Pro Boxing Fans about John Fury’s recent comments that a fight between the pair is ‘meaningless’, Joyce asked the champion for less chat and more action.
“What about the Usyk fight then? He should’ve had that. What’s he been doing? He said he wanted to fight me, he was gonna fight me. He talks a lot, but he needs to back it up.”
Fury is currently without an opponent but has been tipped for a summer ring return.
The two names mentioned so far are Joyce, provided he comes through Zhilei Zhang this weekend, and Andy Ruiz Jr, the current number 2 ranked heavyweight with the WBC.
Both are largely considered good options for Fury given the circumstances, although many fans are still reeling from the failure to make that four-belt fight with Oleksandr Usyk.
Regardless of who’s in the other corner, Joyce looks set to be challenging for a world title soon.
These words back and forth with Fury’s team could materialise into a WBC title shot, but, if not, he’s in the queue for Usyk’s unified titles via his WBO Interim Champion status.
All eyes now turn to London’s Copper Box Arena, and the man they call ‘Big Bang’ who stands in the way.