In the wake of Joe Joyce knocking out Joseph Parker in the best win of his career so far, Tyson Fury gives ‘The Juggernaut’ zero chance of beating him.
The fight was reminiscent of an old school heavyweight battle. Huge shots exchanged with very little steps back taken, the heart on show by both men was a sight to behold.
Ultimately, Joyce’s already-legendary gas tank, punch resistance, and power came into play. He sent Parker down in the eleventh with a sharp left hook as the New Zealander was on his way in. That, as they say, was all she wrote.
The boxing world had their say after the fight, the consensus being that Joyce is a legitimate threat to the division. He’s now 15-0 with 14 knockouts and, at 37 years old, will be keen to challenge for a title as soon as he can.
Tyson Fury was ringside in Manchester for the event. Despite seeing his training partner broken down and knocked out up close, ‘The Gypsy King’ doesn’t see Joyce as a threat whatsoever. He spoke to Queensbury Promotions after the stoppage.
“He wouldn’t land one punch on me in twelve rounds. I don’t think he could hit me if he had a f**king handful of rice. Listen, he’s a big man, but I’m bigger. He’s heavy, but I’m heavier. So that’s it. He’s a good fighter. But it is what it is – I’m the best in the world for a reason.”
🍚”I don’t think he could hit me if he had a handful of rice.”
🌍” I’m the best in the world for a reason.”
— Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) September 25, 2022
Big words from the big man – and nothing less than we’ve come to expect. Fury has made a career of backing up his belief in himself in the ring. He currently holds the WBC title and, despite a brief spell of retirement this year, looks to be very much active in the game, at least for time being.
Joyce is now in line for a shot at Oleksandr Usyk’s WBO title. The fact that he’s Interim champion doesn’t do much to untangle the web at the top of the heavyweight division, but should things become clearer at the end of the year, a Fury – Joyce fight in the UK would be welcomed by fans.