Joe Joyce is looking to get himself a title fight and he perfectly knows exactly what is required as he prepares for his anticipated meeting with Former WBO world champion Joseph Parker on September 24th at the AO Arena in Manchester.
The fight was initially scheduled for July 2nd but was cancelled after Parker pulled out just before signing and verbally agreeing to the fight. Joyce went the extra mile to get Parker back as he looked to get the most dangerous opponent available in a bid to stay active while waiting for his chance to fight for the WBO heavyweight world title.
Joseph Parker (30-2, 21KOs) has beeing at the very top of the division and despite losing twice to Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte, has always bounced back to winning ways and has been able to accumulate for himself a six fight winning streak.
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Joyce (14-0, 13KOs) will be looking to defeat the most experienced and most decorated opponent in his professional career, when he enters the ring against the 30 year old New Zealander and that is the type of challenge Joyce is presently interested in at this point of his career.
“He’s been to the top of the mountain,” Joyce told iD Boxing’s Rob Tebbutt of Parker. “He’s the ex-WBO world champion. He’s very skillful and he’s been in the game a long time. He is going to be the most rounded, he’s got a bit of everything. He’s very skillful. He can punch a bit. He can take a shot. It’s going to be a hard fight.”
Joyce has been patiently waiting for his turn at the WBO World Heavyweight title, watching Oleksandr Usyk snatch the title away from Anthony Joshua along with the WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight world titles. Usyk was able to repeat the victory in August 20th but before then Joyce picked Parker while waiting for the winner.
Joyce is trying his best to stay active as he has accepted the circumstances surrounding his expected title shot. Facing Usyk for the WBO World title might delay till early 2023 and might even delay till mid next year, if Usyk decides to fight WBC/Lineal Champion Tyson Fury for the Undisputed status.
Joyce has been a way from the ring for 48 weeks however, his last outing was impressive, knocking out Christian Hammer in the fourth round. That was his first fight in the span of 12 months and just like the Hammer fight, though lesser. Parker is no tune up or an easy fight to joke.
“It’s smart business. It’s a risky fight,” admitted Joyce, who also owns knockout wins over current secondary WBA titlist Daniel Dubois and former title challenger Carlos Takam. “I’m the mandatory for the WBO title. I could have waited around while fighting someone else that’s not quite on that level. Just an easy fight until I get my shot early next year.
“I want to stay prepared and also give entertainment for the fans. It’s number one versus number two. I keep banging on about that and I’m looking forward to it.”
Before the Hammer fight, Joyce stopped Dobois in the eleventh round if their all British fight, which fired him up into the world title scene. Parker has been in the ring with Anthony Joshua, Dereck Chisora And Dillian Whyte in recent times, making him one of the best test for a potential heavyweight champion.
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