Top five next fights for Joe Joyce

Joe Joyce
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Joe Joyce should be storming towards world level, writes Jack Figg

1. Hughie Fury

Joyce has made it no secret he wishes to add the British title to his collection having captured the Commonwealth strap already. Cousin of Tyson, Hughie Fury currently owns the prestigious title with Joyce open to a fight with the former WBO world title challenger. However, it seems Fury is set to relinquish the title he won against Sam Sexton to pursue bigger challenges, which could mean Joyce challenges for a vacant British title next.

2. Dereck Chisora

Although Chisora is now tied up with a contest against former Anthony Joshua opponent Carlos Takam, Joyce and his promoter David Haye have expressed their desire to meet ‘Del Boy’ on a number of occasions. Chisora has stated if the price is right he will meet Joyce, so this domestic clash could materialise later down the line.

3. Jarell Miller

Both Joyce and Miller exchanged in fighting talk over Twitter, with Haye also revealing to Boxing News that negotiations for this match up took place, however the demands of ‘Big Baby’ were too unrealistic for the fight to be made. With Joyce looking to announce himself on the US stage and seemingly targeting Miller, unbeaten in 22, this fight could be made … at the right price.

4. Bryant Jennings

Jennings, a former world heavyweight title challenger (losing to Wladimir Klitschko in August 2015) is without an opponent after Joseph Parker opted to face Brit Dillian Whyte in late July. After Joyce’s win over Ivica Bacurin, the 32 year-old told BN he is open to facing Jennings, citing it wold be a step up for the ‘Juggernaut’.

Joe Joyce

5. Daniel Dubois

A battle between two rising, unbeaten heavyweight prospects rarely happen in boxing, yet this opportunity is presented with Dubois and Joyce. Both men spent time with each other on the GB amateur squad and will likely be familiar with one another’s style, which makes this fight even more exciting. The reluctance to test a prospect too early could be the reason this fight doesn’t get made, however, if it does materialise it would be a great domestic clash.


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