Interim WBO heavyweight champion Joe Joyce believes that for ex-champion Anthony Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs) it may well be a blessing in disguise that WBC belt holder Tyson Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs ) refused to fight him on December 3, as another possible defeat, the third in a row, would put an end to AJ’s career. Previously, he lost twice (once and twice) to Oleksandr Usyk.
“I think he should do some lighter fights, get his confidence back and then come back and fight for the title,” Joe said.
Express Sport. “Fury rushes him to fight and all that, even though he has a lot of other options, like Charr, and my name was also mentioned.”
The “Gypsy King” insists that he is definitely not fighting Joshua “for Britain”, and instead is preparing to fight Mahmoud Charr (33-4, 19 KOs) that no one wants. He signed a contract with Warren: he will fight Fury, Joyce or Dubois.
Fury or Usyk? Joe Joyce made a choice
Despite the fact that Tyson turned down Joshua, the latter’s promoter Eddie Hearn remains adamant and hopes, along with Matchroom Boxing, that they will still be able to persuade Fury. Champion promoter Frank Warren is skeptical.
Joyce defeated Joseph Parker via 11th-round knockout last weekend and is now one of the candidates to challenge both Fury and WBO/IBF/WBA champion Usyk.
Recall, by the way, that Joyce and Joshua fought at the selection of the national championship of England in London in 2011: then Joshua scored Joe in the 1st round.