Given Joe Joyce’s attributes, record, and form, it’s hard to imagine any heavyweight jumping at the chance to step through the ropes with him – and he knows it.
Weeks on from his statement victory over Joseph Parker – becoming the first man to stop the tough New Zealander – and Joyce is now WBO Interim Heavyweight Champion.
Unfortunately for him, besides a nice belt it means very little at this moment in time. Sure, he’s next in line for a shot at the champion, Oleksandr Usyk, but he has other plans with one Tyson Fury. That means Joyce either bides his time or keeps busy – and, at 37-years-old, he wants to fight.
The problem is, as Joyce sees it, nobody in the division is very forthcoming for a scrap – which tends not to be a good quality for boxers. He told FightHype.com that he would find his foes eventually and when he does it won’t end well for them.
“There are plenty of fights. It’s always ‘how would I do against this guy, how would I do against that guy’, well you want to see it and I’m here so let’s get the contracts signed and make the fights.
They swerve, and slip, slip, roll, roll, but sooner or later you’re going to get hit by The Juggernaut.”
If it can’t be Fury or Usyk that Joyce gets his hands on, there are still plenty of match ups that would satisfy the fans. Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz have been ordered to face each other, but if that falls through then Joyce could slide in and have himself a fight.
And then there are his British rivals – namely Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte. Both men are looking to set off on the comeback trail following losses. Whyte has a run out this month against Jermaine Franklin, and ‘AJ’ is in the market for a dance partner for early next year.
Could Joyce be looking at an all-British dust up to stay active?