Via Barry Holbrook: Joe Joyce said he’s ready to challenge for the next world title if given the opportunity to face WBC champion Tyson Fury or the winner of the August 20 rematch between Anthony Joshua and the champ. IBF / WBA / WBO Oleksandr Usyk.
Joyce (14-0, 13 KOs) is ranked #1 WBO, #2 WBC and he understands he may need to wait until the undisputed fight is over first between Fury and the winner won Joshua-Usyk 2, but if they let him shoot one or more of those belts before they fight, he’ll happily accept it.
Assuming that Fury and the winner Joshua vs. Usyk II fighting this year is unquestionable, Joyce will fight for the title next year. As a mandatory WBO, Joyce is guaranteed a spot in that title.
They can ignore it if they don’t want to face Joyce, but they’ll leave with an excellent fight.
“I will have all of them. Obviously, there are a few fights that need to happen with the undisputed, but they are titles available for me to grasp early next year,” said Joe Joyce. talkSPORT Boxing.
“I’m ready now. If the opportunity comes, then I’m ready,” Joyce said when asked if he believes he can fight for the world title now if he has a chance against Fury or winner Usyk and Joshua or not.
Joyce will only have a chance to fight for the title this year if Fury doesn’t pick a winner in the Usyk vs. Joshua II. That can certainly happen, especially if Usyk beats Joshua.
“I can up my game and fight against anyone. Now I have enough experience to know I’m ready,” Joyce said.
“I am at the top of the rankings, getting closer to being in the general rankings. In just a few more fights, I believe I will be the heavyweight champion of the world,” Joyce said.
Joyce said: “I feel good, but not 100%, when asked about the physical feeling of playing against Hammer after leaving the ring for a year from July 2021.
“I can always do better, especially taking those pictures early on. I think can work on. As you fight more often, you will make fewer mistakes. So it’s an interesting fight. I enjoyed it. It’s good to be back in the ring again.
“Yes, it shows that I can take those pictures and keep throwing punches. I can throw a lot of punches and do rounds well,” Joyce said when asked if he could capture a lot of punches from the Hammer proving that he can withstand punches from top-tier fighters. heavy in the league or not.
“I still have a few more years at a good level. I’m at the top right now, but I’m still learning. I didn’t get many miles on the clock, and I’ve got three more years or more,” Joyce said.