Joe Joyce’s excellent blockage of Daniel Dubois relocated him right into placement to combat Oleksandr Usyk for an uninhabited variation of the WBO heavyweight title.
Dealing with Usyk would certainly pay for Joyce an opportunity to retaliate a choice loss to the unbeaten Ukrainian southpaw on the planet Collection of Boxing. One more competing hopes Joyce will certainly desire a chance to compensate what occurred in their vital amateur battle 4 1/2 years back.
Unbeaten Frenchman Tony Yoka, that beat Joyce by split choice in the very heavyweight last at the 2016 Summertime Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, “would love” to combat the huge Brit immediately.
“I will beat him,” Yoka informed BoxingScene.com. “When we were amateurs, I fought him three times. The first time I fought him, I wasn’t training. He beat me and I didn’t know the tactic to beat him. And then I started thinking a little bit. I saw him in training camp, and when I found it, I said, ‘This guy will beat everyone in the world except me.’ And then in the World Championships he beat everybody except me. Then we went to the Olympic Games, and he did the same – he beat everybody except me. So, I’m not afraid of Joe Joyce.”
The 6-feet-7, 245-pound Yoka hasn’t dealt with any person as unsafe as Joyce because the Olympic gold champion made his professional launching in June 2017. The 28-year-old Yoka (10-0, 8 KOs) quit Belgium’s Joel Djeko (17-3-1, 8 KOs) in the 12th round Friday evening at H Field in Nantes, France.
The 6-feet-6, 259-pound Joyce (12-0, 11 KOs) damaged Dubois with his difficult stab throughout their battle November 28 at Church Residence in London. Dubois (15-1, 14 KOs), whose left eye was inflamed closed, took a knee in the 10th round as well as decreased to proceed in their set up 12-rounder.
“I know he’s really committed to boxing,” Yoka stated of Joyce. “He’s working a lot. I like the way he is dedicated to his sport. I’m blessed in boxing. I’m born into boxing, and I’m just 28 years old. He’s 35. So, there is no way he’s gonna beat me if we fight as pros. I’m training with Virgil Hunter, and I’m so confident about the way I can knock him out.”
Yoka’s self-confidence regardless of, Joyce’s revealing versus Dubois excited him.
“It was a great performance,” Yoka stated. “Everybody was shocked. Dubois is a really good boxer. He’s young and he’s dedicated, but Dubois didn’t fight nobody before Joe Joyce, and the step was too big for him. Joe Joyce is not fast at all, but what he’s doing, he’s doing it well. How can you take a jab from Joyce for 10 rounds? You or your coach, you have to change something. Joe Joyce didn’t even have to bring his right hand. I wasn’t surprised by the result, but it was a great fight for Joe Joyce.”
Victory or shed vs. Usyk (18-0, 13 KOs) in their WBO acting champion suit, Yoka makes certain Joyce will certainly intend to combat him eventually in the near future.
“I know he wanna fight me,” stated Yoka, that is rated 8th by the IBF as well as 13th by the WBC. “We’ve been talking. He’s been saying it in the English press. Now it’s just a matter of opportunities and time. … He wanna beat me because of the final in the Olympics.”
Keith Idec is an elderly writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be gotten to on Twitter @Idecboxing.