The man who once managed Joe Joyce has said that his former fighter would ‘do a job’ on Anthony Joshua should the two British heavyweights ever meet in the ring.
Sam Jones, who still remains close with Joyce despite moving on from management to head up talent for Probellum, has echoed what many fans are saying – Joe Joyce is a danger to anybody in his division.
‘The Juggernaut’ is coming off the most impressive victory of his career. The eleventh round stoppage of former world champion, Joseph Parker, showed Joyce to have Foreman-esque power paired with an incredible ability to take punishment and keep walking forward.
Where he goes next is anybody’s guess, but it’s hard to imagine other contenders lining up to face him. Thankfully for Joyce, that may not need to happen. The WBO Interim title was on the line against Parker, meaning that he is now mandatory for a shot at Oleksandr Usyk.
With the Ukrainian champ tied up in undisputed talks for early 2023, another name mentioned for Joyce was Anthony Joshua. Jones, as is expected, fancies his former fighter. He sung his praises to Intu Boxing.
“What I’ve always said about Joe Joyce, and I meant what I said – he will fight anybody … You’ve only got to look at his CV now, he will fight anybody. If he was told he’s fighting Anthony Joshua on the 17th [December] he’d go there, no problem – and he’d do a job on him as well.”
“I’ve always said, Joe Joyce, on his day, can trouble any heavyweight on the planet. And I think people finally saw what a destructive, big, horrible b****rd Joe Joyce is. He deserves all the credit in the world, because he’s literally one of the best guys you’ll ever meet and I loved watching his last fight.”
Joyce did throw his name in the ring for Joshua’s rumoured December 17 date, however it was unlikely to ever materialise for a few reasons. A match-up between the two British heavyweights certainly isn’t out of the questions for 2023, though – and a developing relationship between Queensbury Promotions and Matchroom Sport makes it ever more promising.
Whatever Joyce does next, Jones’ words will likely ring true – he’ll cause anybody problems.