Popular British heavyweight Johnny Fisher has weighed in on the chances of Joe Joyce in potential fights with Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk – and Fisher believes Joyce gives both men all they can handle.
Fisher sparred the Olympic silver medalist in preparation for his fight with Joseph Parker in September as well as being in Fury’s camp for his world title defence against Dillian Whyte in April, and believes Joyce’s physical attributes make him a nightmare for any heavyweight.
In an interview with iFL TV, ‘The Romford Bull’ described the prospect of doing twelve rounds with Joyce in a professional ring with small gloves on as “hell on Earth.”
“Joe Joyce is a threat to any heavyweight on the planet because of the relentless nature he’s got. He’s got an unbelievable chin, an unbelievable engine and he can punch.
“yson Fury knows it and Oleksandr Usyk knows it – it’s going to be a hell of a fight and they’ll have to be on top of their game for twelve rounds.
Sparring him for six rounds and eight rounds with 20oz gloves on, that’s hard enough. Getting in the ring with ‘The Juggernaut’ with 10oz gloves on, 19 stone just stalking you down, that’s the closest thing to hell you’re going to get on Earth.”
Joyce took to the ring apron for a three way face off with heavyweight world champions Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury after the latter’s win over Derek Chisora at Tottenham Hotspur’ Stadium.
And Fury stated that, if an undisputed date with Usyk cannot be agreed for Spring of next year, Queensberry stablemate Joyce would be the man getting the call for an all British dust up.
As holder of the WBO interim title, it seems an inevitability that Joyce will get his much desired shot at world honours at some point in 2023.