EXCLUSIVE: Joe Joyce insists he would cause more damage to Oleksandr Usyk than Anthony Joshua – who he says was ‘pushed too late’ in his rematch defeat last month – as the Juggernaut accuses his domestic rival of ‘taking his toys out of the pram’ throw’ after losing
- Joe Joyce sat down for a chat with Sports post after his victory over Joseph Parker
- The Juggernaut maintained his WBO mandatory position by knocking out Parker
- He is now on the hunt for a showdown with the next champion Oleksandr Usyk
- Joyce Is Convinced To Punish Usyk More Than Anthony Joshua
- He says AJ left it too late in his rematch defeat to the Ukrainian last month
- The 37-year-old also shared his take on Joshua’s bizarre post-fight tirade
The cheerful Joe Joyce is confident he would punish Oleksandr Usyk more than Anthony Joshua in his recent defeats to the Ukrainian.
Joyce, 37, maintained his place at the front of the heavyweight row by destroying Joseph Parker on Saturday night when a slashing left hook wiped out the former world champion in round 11.
By overthrowing Parker, the Juggernaut flexed his muscles like the division’s dark horse and ensured he would be first in line for a crack at world honors as required for Usyk’s WBO crown.
Joe Joyce (R) is convinced he would do more damage to Oleksandr Usyk than Anthony Joshua
Joshua was beaten for the second time by Usyk in their rematch in Saudi Arabia last month
After beating Joseph Parker on Saturday night, Joyce now shoots for a shot at Usyk
Still, Usyk, who also has the WBA ‘Super’ and IBF ties, is holding an undisputed confrontation with WBC champion Tyson Fury after beating Joshua for the second time last month.
The masterful southpaw — who beat Joyce as an amateur — defeated AJ on both occasions, although their second meeting was considered by some to be a closer affair.
Either way, Joyce insists he would push Usyk back with more damaging shots than Joshua if they crash into the professional ranks again.
“I think Joshua is a different kind of boxer and a different style,” he told Sportsmail. “He can throw more powerful shots, but less than me.
“I have a better bike than him, so it would be a different fight, especially with” [Ismael] Salas gives me a game plan. But it would be an uphill battle.
“Joshua did well in their rematch. I think it was closer, but he pushed too late, because he hit him to the body and stuff, but I think I’d do a lot more damaging shots and a lot more during the fight, roughing him up and stuff.
The Juggernaut is mandatory challenger for Usyk’s WBO title after his Saturday night win
He insists he has a better bike than AJ and that he is Usyk . could punish more
“But let’s see what happens, there are very exciting fights on the horizon for me and I’m in a good place.”
After suffering consecutive defeats for the first time as a professional, Joshua caused controversy by grabbing the microphone and launching a bizarre diatribe, before throwing Usyk’s heavyweight belts out of the ring.
Joyce hasn’t come face to face with his former sparring partner lately, with the pair having a fiery feud on Twitter earlier this year.
In Joshua’s post-fight speech, the Brit said: ‘He pretty much threw his toys out of the pram, didn’t he?
“But I think he put in so much effort to train hard for that fight and maybe he thought he was doing enough but clearly he wasn’t and that was a tough pill to swallow – especially when his corner said he was up [on the scorecards]. So it’s just a few things that aren’t quite right.’
Joyce also described Joshua’s post-fight meltdown as ‘throwing his toys out of the pram’
Despite his recent failings, Joshua finds himself on the cusp of another world title after receiving an unexpected lifeline from Fury.
The Gypsy King turned his attention to a Battle of Britain with his domestic rival after Usyk revealed he won’t be able to return to the ring in December, but after weeks of negotiations, Fury now claims AJ missed his deadline to sign for the fight .
Joyce, however, believes this would be a blessing in disguise for him.
“I think he needs to have some quieter fights, get his confidence back and then come back and fight for the title,” he said of Joshua.
“Fury kind of pushes him into the fight and stuff, meanwhile he has loads of other options like Mahmoud Charr and my name is mentioned too.
“But these are exciting times for heavyweight boxing and I’m in a great place after my win on Saturday.”