Undefeated heavyweight Joe Joyce made his presence felt last fall when he crushed Joseph Parker in six rounds, proving that his heavy punches can successfully knock out a ranked and well-known former titlist. Since then Joyce has expressed his willingness to take on the biggest names in the division. Now word has gotten out that Tyson Fury could give Joyce a chance to take on the most important fighter in heavyweights: himself. Though the WBC and lineal heavyweight champion of the world wants to face IBF, WBA and WBO titlist Oleksandr Usyk before all next year for a chance to become undisputed, Fury has made it clear that he won’t be waiting forever for the fight to happen. .
“Usyk is at the top of the shopping list,” Fury said in an interview with Queensbury Promtions (via Sky Sports), “provided he gets through this, and if not a rematch with Chisora for the fourth time.” In fact, Fury will be facing Derek Chisora for the third time in December, a tough fight if there ever was one considering Fury has already beaten Chisora twice. “If Usyk doesn’t want to smoke in February,” Fury continued, “let’s do Joyce at Wembley. Joe, put your skates on, get in shape, because if the middleweights (Usyk) don’t want a smoke, you’re in. I will fight him three times next year and you could be one of them.
As for Fury, Joyce is more than just hype. “In my opinion he (Joyce) is the No. 2 heavyweight in the world behind me,” she said, “Maybe No. 3 because I don’t think anyone in the world can take Deontay Wilder’s power, just me.” No matter what, Fury indicates that staying active is very important to him heading into 2023. “Going into next year I want to be ready,” he said, “because I want a minimum of three fights next year.”