Joe Joyce has spoken out regarding the future of Anthony Joshua, and is sceptical as to whether his fellow Brit wants fights against other elite heavyweights.
Joyce told ID Boxing that he has serious reservations regarding a potential fight between Joshua and Tyson Fury after the recent collapse in negotiations for the pair to face each other last year.
‘The Juggernaut’ went on to say he doesn’t believe Joshua would fight him – despite the comfortable win he enjoyed over Joyce in the amateur ranks.
“Joshua’s still a good fighter and there’s plenty of interesting fights out there for him – I’d like to fight him.”
“I don’t think it’ll happen with Fury though. Look how many chances there’s been till now. I don’t think he’d even want to fight me, even though he’s knocked me out in one round, stopped me in one round in the amateurs.”
“What’s he afraid of?”
Many have questioned Joshua’s mindset after his back-to-back defeats to Oleskandr Usyk over the past 18 months and predict a long road back to to the top of the pile.
Joshua is expected to return to action this spring, with former Fury foe Otto Wallin reportedly a frontrunner to get the call as ‘AJ’s comeback opponent.
However, Joshua is currently a fighter without a trainer, having seemingly departed from Robert Garcia despite just spending one camp under the coaches tutelage.
The 33-year-old is on yet another ‘tour’ of gyms and is expected to make an announcement on his training situation in the next few weeks.
Joshua has spent time with the likes of Derrick James and Virgil Hunter as he looks to recapture the bite that saw him once stand atop the blue ribbon division.