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Panel: Would Joe Joyce beat the top heavyweights?

Joe Joyce
Joe Joyce takes another crucial test against Carlos Takam this weekend, but how would he match up against the very best heavyweights in the world

Lewis Richardson
GB middleweight

You can’t really write Joe off after what he’s achieved in both the amateurs and pros. His style isn’t the most pleasing on the eye but he’s so efficient and effective. My personal opinion is he wouldn’t beat the top heavyweights but he deserves his shot.

Tony Jeffries
Olympic medallist

I don’t think Joe is there yet with only 12 pro fights but I think he will get there soon. Takam will be a proper test.

Charlie Sims
Boxing manager

I think Joe Joyce will give Tyson Fury or Anthony Joshua a hard night’s work with his work rate and size. I think both Tyson and AJ will be too experienced for him, both are great boxers technically and have been at top level for some time. Tyson and Joshua both edge hard-fought points victories.

Chris McKenna
Sports reporter

Would I rule him out against any of them? Certainly not. Joyce is an Olympic silver medallist and has improved a lot since turning pro in 2016. Someone as skilled as Tyson Fury or has well drilled as Anthony Joshua may just be a step too far for him but Joyce would be in both fights thanks to his jab, engine and durability.

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