Feature | Apr 25 2019

Joe Joyce: ‘I know Anthony Joshua, his strengths, his weaknesses and what to do to beat him’

A former sparring partner turned rival offers to fight Anthony Joshua next
Anthony Joshua next fight
Anthony Joshua & Alexander Povetkin Weigh-In  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

WHETHER it’s Daniel Dubois or a European title shot in July, Joe Joyce could ascend the heavyweight rankings quickly. Victory could well get him a bout with Manuel Charr for the WBA regular title, a useful bargaining chip for snaring a shot at one of the big three heavyweights; Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder or Anthony Joshua.

Joyce was astonished with Jarrell Miller drug test failings that ruled him out of challenging Joshua at Madison Square Garden. “It’s crazy. It’s nonsense,” he said. “What was he thinking? I don’t know if it was fear or what was going through his head. I don’t think if he will get a shot like that again – or even if he will box again.”

Joyce though would eagerly step in to fight Joshua as soon as June 1. He can’t believe Luis Ortiz isn’t leaping at the chance. “I mean, what did he get in his last fight? There’s $7 million on the table – I’m sure you might take that fight,” Joe said. “It’s a great opportunity, three belts on the line, decent purse. It’s what I’m in boxing for to get them opportunities and to compete against the very best.”