All eyes are on Tyson Fury as he weighs up his choices for his subsequent defence of the WBC heavyweight title.
With the Gypsy King pressured to attend for a possible unification bout with both Oleksandr Usyk or Anthony Joshua, he’ll should look elsewhere for his subsequent battle, and discovering an opponent has been removed from easy.
Dillian Whyte had appeared to be the plain selection, with the Brit having stood as necessary challenger for a while, however having pulled out of his battle with Otto Wallin final month, there’s but extra uncertainty over who Fury’s subsequent opponent will likely be.
With Whyte’s authorized problem in opposition to the WBC anticipated to be ongoing, it seems a certainty now that Fury should look elsewhere if he needs to get a battle in firstly of 2022.
One choice for him may very well be former sparring accomplice Joe Joyce, who’s in search of an opponent himself.
Who’s Joe Joyce?
Joyce was a latecomer to the skilled ranks, having made the step up from the beginner ranks in 2017 on the age of 31.
Earlier than then, he’d made his title as a Commonwealth Video games gold medallist, and a silver medallist on the 2016 Olympics in Rio, with a bronze on the 2015 World Championships thrown into the combination.
Since turning skilled, he has maintained an unbeaten report of 13-0, with 12 of his wins coming by way of knockout, and most just lately noticed off Carlos Takam in July.
What has he mentioned?
With Whyte seemingly out of the picture, Joyce is raring to step as much as the plate and face Fury early subsequent 12 months.
He called his former sparring partner out on Instagram, posting: “I’ve bought plenty of respect for @gypsyking101 as a pal and as a fighter, however my schedule is free in February.”
And he doubled down on the problem in a latest interview with talkSPORT, saying: “My purpose in skilled boxing is to be a world champion so fights that get me nearer to that function, that’s what I’m all about, particularly if it’s for a world title. I’m undoubtedly sport.
“It’s a troublesome battle, a really robust battle. Tyson Fury may be very expert. He’s a tall, huge sturdy man. He’s bought lengthy vary, he can change and hit on each southpaw and orthodox. His skillset is actually good and his mindset, it’s going to be a giant problem, however we’ll see what occurs.”
When might it occur?
The almost certainly date for a bout could be a while in February or March, with each fighters’ schedules empty round that point.
With Fury at present serving to out his brother Tommy for his grudge match in opposition to Jake Paul, March would maybe seem the extra probably choice if he’s to tackle a battle within the New 12 months.
The indications are that he does need to set one thing up, more likely to hold him contemporary for both Usyk or Joshua, and he’ll need to keep away from something after March to be able to keep away from jeopardising a possible bout in opposition to both.
What has Fury mentioned?
Fury doesn’t appear too eager on a bout with Joyce – actually, the WBC champion has said he’d rather face Savannah Marshall in a cross-gender clash.
“I am not likely fascinated about combating Joe Joyce. I am most likely taking a look at somebody like Savannah Marshall to battle, in a cross gender heavyweight match-up,” he instructed IFL TV.
“That is extra attention-grabbing to me. I actually do price Savannah as a fighter, I feel she’s an unbelievable fighter and I would be actually fascinated about making a battle together with her to be sincere.”
Will it go forward?
If Fury is to tackle a bout within the New 12 months, then it will appear Joyce is without doubt one of the extra probably choices, regardless of what the Gypsy King has mentioned.
With Usyk and Joshua’s rematch set for both March or April, any battle for Fury must occur across the identical time – something later would probably hamper his hopes of going through both later within the 12 months.
Joyce seems as if he’ll be combating round that point regardless, with the Brit having held talks with Kubrat Pulev as nicely, however he’ll hold his choices open on the off-chance he can get a title shot at Fury.
The ball is firmly in Fury’s court docket. If he needs the battle, then Joyce will likely be able to face him. If not, he might nicely have to only look ahead to both Usyk or Joshua.