By: Sean Cross
It’s good to be Joe Joyce now. The Englishman He has been fighting professionally since 2017, but last Saturday the undefeated heavyweight burst onto the radar with a stunning knockout of former titlist and legendary contender Joseph Parker. It was a slow, brutal fight, almost the sort of throw one would expect, those old-time bare-knuckle men, each man taking his time to launch his punches for maximum impact. Parker bided his time, but a steely-looking Joyce took the shot before he could put the man out in the eleventh round.
“I had a great day watching boxing.” WBC and heavyweight champion Tyson Fury said on Wednesday Instagram Post, He added: “Big Joe Joyce is the second best heavyweight in the world behind me and on his day, in his moment, who knows if he can beat me?” Then the heavyweight king said, “I think we’ll have to find out one of these days.” However, it should be noted that Fury’s words should often be taken with a grain of salt (remember the pension?). “In 12 rounds, he didn’t throw me a single punch,” Fury said of Joyce. “I don’t think he could beat me with an invincible handful of rice.”
Still, Fury said everyone at the top of the heavyweight division could have a problem with Joyce. “I think Antonio beat Joshua,” Fury said earlier. “I think he won the middleweight (actually the heavyweight is multi-talented Oleksandr Usyk) who might have trouble with Deontay Wilder’s speed and power.” It must be remembered that boxers like Fury are not lawyers or politicians. Like everyone else, they are free to challenge themselves, especially in the heat of the moment. Not every word is intended.
After saying this, Joyce responded to Fury. Instagram Video in a good natured, competitive fashion. “Let’s go, sign the contract big boy!!!” He tweeted at Fury. “N.1 Vs N.2 for LINEAL!!!” Anger, according to his nature, was ready with a quick response. “It’s not our time Big Joe,” he tweeted. “I have to win the middleweight first without a fight! You have to build yourself up to the big time!” Currently, there is still hope, although the odds are slim that Fury will face his former boss Anthony Joshua in December.