Anthony Joshua could fight Joe Joyce in Nigeria, claims manager says
Anthony Joshua could fight Joe Joe Joyce in Nigeria, Joyce manager claims.
Sam Jones foresees a situation where Joyce will later become one of Joshua’s obligatory challengers, hosting an event in Africa.
Joyce’s next fight is on July 24 when he takes on Carlos Takam, while Joshua is now forced to defend the WBO belt – with his IBF and WBA titles also at stake – against the governing body’s mandatory challenger, Oleksandr. Usyk. A fight is scheduled for September.
“It is possible that Joe and Joshua will fight in Nigeria,” Jones said Air sports.
“They are both of Nigerian descent which could be huge.
“If AJ is in need of a dance partner in Nigeria look no further. This fight would be something very, very special.
“Joe would love the idea of fighting Joshua in Nigeria, but he would also fight Tyson Fury in Las Vegas or at a stadium in the UK.”
Fury and Joshua can still find a way out of their undisputed clash, but that depends on Joshua negotiating his Usyk challenge, and Fury’s own title defense, for his WBC belt against former champion Deontay Wilder.
These fights meant that Joyce’s proposed eliminator with Uysk failed, which led to his clash with Takam to keep him cool. He last faced Daniel Dubois in 2020, when he won the undisputed record for the young Londoner.
“Joe will be mandatory for the world title,” Jones said.
“I hope Joshua and Fury come out of this and Joe gets the winner.
“Joe’s time will come. He also wants to see Joshua versus Fury – there has to be an undisputed title fight. He doesn’t care who wins.”
“What is Joyce, in his prime at 35, going to get when he fights the Hopeless?
“We want to build on Dubois’ fight against a name people know and someone who will give it a try.
“Joe is in a great position and we could take a fight easier, but he’s not like that. Joe wouldn’t be ready to fight a hopeless one.
“Takam is known to try his hand. He’s dangerous, he’s been operating globally for a long time.”