Undefeated heavyweight contender Joe Joyce is currently working hard in the gym to be prepared in the best way possible for the big challenges that await him in this new year. Meanwhile, a fight against the Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk commences to be very likely.
Joe “Juggernaut” Joyce (12-0, 11 KOs), the British 1985-born boxer closed 2020 with a great victory against the heavyweight Daniel “Dynamite” Dubois (15-1, 14 KOs), knocked out in the tenth round. The win against Daniel Dubois elevated Joe Joyce to the rank of number one contender in the WBO rankings, as well as graduating him European, British and Commonwealth champion in the heavyweight category.
Joe Joyce has already begun training to make himself ready for the likely showdown with former cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk (18-0, 13 KOs), who in 2019 after unifying the belts in the 200-pounders has moved up a category and has been named the official challenger to the WBO heavyweight title. To allow the big super-fight between WBC champion Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 22 KOs) and WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO champion Anthony Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) to have all four belts up for grabs, in the meantime, the WBO could allow the first two fighters of its ranking (Oleksandr Usyk and Joe Joyce) to challenge for an interim title and then nominate the winner as mandatory challenger against the absolute champion, one between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.
In a recent interview, Joe Joyce discussed the potential fight as it were already agreed mentioning that he is never afraid before any match but rather just calm and relaxed. The British heavyweight boxer continued stating that Oleksandr Usyk has no chance to stand his power for 12 rounds despite being “so skilled”. However, Joyce has no intention of missing the big opportunity of beating Usyk and so fighting the winner of Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua for all the belts. According to Joe Joyce, Usyk has put on himself too much weigh and now he is not as fast as in the past as shown in the fight against Dereck Chisora.
Joe Joyce knows Oleksandr Usyk very well, considering that the Ukrainian, already a star at the 2012 London Olympics, had the chance to beat him in 2013 when they were both amateurs. Now Joe Joyce may have a chance to get a rematch. The British boxer commented that loss as a lack of experience when the two fought the first time. According to Joe Joyce, he did not have a lot of experience in fighting against southpaws and Usyk was an incredible fighter. However, Joe Joyce mentioned that today it will be different… Let’s see.