Joyce is currently awaiting declaration from the WBO regarding his status as mandatory challenger, but is expected by promoter Frank Warren to be first in-line to take on winner of Joshua’s rematch with Usyk
Joe Joyce looks set to be front of the queue for a world title shot against the winner of Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Oleskandr Usyk.
The Briton last fought in July where he scored a statement stoppage victory over Carlos Takam to assert his status as WBO mandatory challenger.
But the governing body is yet to rule on his status with the current champion Usyk obliged to take a rematch with Joshua.
Although Joyce’s promoter Frank Warren is confident that the ‘Juggernaut’ will be handed a shot at the winner of the second meeting next year.
We’re waiting for the WBO to decide what they’re going to do regarding their mandatory for [Oleksandr] Usyk,” Warren told Pro Boxing Fans.
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“They’ll probably allow Usyk another fight in between. They’ve called for a rematch with AJ. But the winner of that will have to fight [Joyce].
“We’ve got to wait to see what they say, then when we know what they say we can then make our decision.”
Joyce immediately called for the shot after his victory with Takam but plans have been shelved again for the second time after missing out on the initial opportunity against Usyk.
And he has also already sparred with the likes of Joshua and domestic rival Tyson Fury during his time preparing to launch an assault on the heavyweight belts.
But Joyce is most confident that he can prevail against Usyk and is hoping that the Ukrainian can win the rematch next year.
“I say maybe Usyk,” Joyce told SunSport. “Because AJ is more likely to knock me out and with Fury you’re in danger of being outboxed.
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“He’s at the top, with Joshua, Usyk, they’re all at the top level but they all pose a different skillset and attributes which put them apart.
“Same with Usyk as well, he’s a smaller guy and southpaw, but they each pose a problem. But I think AJ suits Usyk more than my style. I’m a hard style for Usyk to fight. That’s why I think he was patient in waiting to fight Joshua.
“I’d throw more shots and I’d have to have a nice training camp with Ismael Salas again and work out the game plan to beat this guy. It’s a fight that I can win, especially if it’s for the belts.”
Joshua has now returned from America after searching for a new trainer following his dismal defeat to his conqueror last month.
And he has drawn up a three-man shortlist for the position despite it now yet being decided whether he will ditch current trainer Rob McCracken.
But irrespective of Joshua’s plotted redemption route, Joyce’s Queensberry stablemate Fury believes that the ‘Juggernaut’ is his main domestic blue-ribbon rival.
Warren told Sky Sports : “Tyson said that he’s the best one out there. That’s what Tyson’s opinion was. Can he go all the way? Yes he can. He’s got a good ticker, a big heart. He’s strong, he walks forwards, he is the ‘Juggernaut.’
“Whoever he’s in there with, you know they will have a problem getting rid of him. He’s a tough guy. He can fight a bit. He can punch.”