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Joe Joyce accuses Joseph Parker of ducking him as he announces September 24 fight date

‘You’re full of s***’: Joe Joyce accuses Joseph Parker of ‘doing anything’ to avoid him as the Juggernaut announces he will fight again on September 24 after his fight with Christian Hammer this weekend

  • Joe Joyce says heavyweight rival Joseph Parker is doing everything he can to avoid him
  • The pair were set to go into battle in July with the fight announced live on BT Sport
  • It fell through because Parker’s trainer Andy Lee was not available for the fight
  • Parker’s move to Sky Sports has further complicated negotiations

Joe Joyce insists that heavyweight rival Joseph Parker is doing everything he can to avoid a proposed showdown as the war of words between the fighters and their camps continues.

The heavyweight duo were scheduled to fight in July in a match announced live on BT shortly before Tyson Fury’s vicious knockout win over Dillian Whyte in April.

Those plans were shelved because Parker’s trainer Andy Lee was unavailable because his wife was due to give birth the week of the meeting, while Joyce instead turned to Christian Hammer, who he’s fighting this weekend.

Joe Joyce (left) believes Joseph Parker (right) is doing everything he can to avoid a potential fight

Joe Joyce (left) believes Joseph Parker (right) is doing everything he can to avoid a potential fight

The pair were set to fight in July but Joyce instead turns to Christian Hammer (right) with Parker's trainer Andy Lee unavailable

The pair were set to fight in July, but Joyce instead turned to Christian Hammer (right) with Parker’s trainer Andy Lee unavailable

The proposed match-up seemed off at all when Parker signed with Sky and BOXXER earlier in June, although promoter Ben Shalom recently claimed he had made a £1.2m offer to host the fight in September or October.

Joyce, who is undefeated in his 13-fight career and most recently claimed victory over Carlos Takam and Daniel Dubois, believes Parker’s intention is to look elsewhere.

But when revealing his plans for a second 2022 outing on September 24, the ‘Juggernaut’ begged his heavyweight rival to agree to a new date.

“So Mr. Parker, I’ve always wanted to fight you and you pretended to fight, but in reality you say and do everything you can to avoid me,” Joyce wrote on social media.

“After everyone agreed, you stopped with a BS apology about your trainer on your scheduled July 2 date and then begged to move the fight to September to have more time to train. I Agreed.

Former world champion Parker signed a new deal with Sky Sports and BOXXER, complicating negotiations to organize the fight

Former world champion Parker signed a new deal with Sky Sports and BOXXER, complicating negotiations to organize the fight

Joyce revealed he will fight again on September 24 and begged Parker to sign for a new date

Joyce revealed he will fight again on September 24 and begged Parker to sign for a new date

“Then you asked for more stuff. That was all arranged after weeks of saying it was all right, and then you signed somewhere else.

“Real talk, you’re full of shit and you don’t want the fight. Tell your new promoter I’m fighting on September 24th. If you’re not afraid, sign the contract. Stop dodging me.’

Joyce’s statement comes shortly after his promoter Frank Warren criticized Shalom, whose offer, if accepted, would see the fight take place on Sky Sports.

“How not to argue,” Warren tweeted. ‘1. Get everything you want in a contract and then don’t sign it. 2. Sign with a broadcaster that the man you ‘want’ to fight does not urge. 3. Make a face-saving public offer for a fight you now know can’t happen. Welcome to Ben Shalom’s first rodeo.”

Joyce is currently the WBO’s No. 1 contender and the 36-year-old has ambitions to beat the winner of Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua in their highly anticipated rematch.

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has also talked about a possible October showdown against Tyson Fury. For both fights, Joyce should overcome Hammer’s challenge this weekend, which is not expected to be a problem.

Joyce, the WBO's No. 1 contender, keeps an eye on the winner of Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua

Joyce, the WBO’s No. 1 contender, keeps an eye on the winner of Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua

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