Promoter Frank Warren says heavyweight Joe Joyce will return to the ring in October and both he and the ‘Juggernaut’s’ manager Sam Jones have welcomed a fight against Dereck Chisora.
Joyce stopped the power punching Carlos Takam in six rounds at the SSE Arena, Wembley on Saturday night and stands on the cusp of a WBO world title shot.
That belt will be contested between champion Anthony Joshua, who also holds the IBF and WBA titles, on September 25 against mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk.
Joyce, who currently sits a number two in the WBO rankings will become mandatory challenger to the winner of Joshua-Usyk but in the meantime will have to stay busy.
“We’ve asked for that [Chisora] fight 55 times and 55 times it’s been rejected by numerous different promoters,” Jones told the Queensberry Promotions YouTube channel.
“I love Dereck Chisora, always been a fan of Dereck Chisora, if that fight ever presented itself, we’d take it in a heartbeat.”
Chisora was in attendance to watch Joyce beat Takam and is one of three Brits to have defeated the French Cameroonian along with Anthony Joshua. Chisora’s last fight was a split decision loss to WBO number three contender Joseph Parker in May. A rematch between the pair has been mooted but could we see an all-British clash between Joyce and Chisora?
“It’d be a great fight to make. If he wants that he knows where we live,” said Warren.
“I think it’s about keeping momentum, keep Joe active,” said Jones.
“We’re not waiting around for nothing. We’re not going to put our foot off the gas because I don’t want him sat on the shelf waiting for something that might not come for him. Joe’s going to be heavyweight champion. Joe’s a f****** animal and to beat him you have to be something special.”