Joe Joyce would settle for a suggestion to face Tyson Fury in February if the champion’s necessary defence in opposition to Dillian Whyte collapses.
Fury is at present awaiting a ruling from the WBC on whether or not he’ll defend his heavyweight crown in opposition to his fellow Brit after it was delayed due to Whyte’s ongoing legal dispute with the organisation.
Fury has confirmed his plans to undoubtedly return in February regardless of whether or not his bout with Whyte materialises.
And Joyce can be keen to step in and take a world-title shot if the chance presents itself after being ranked No.2 within the division by the WBC.
Joyce’s identify has introduced itself after he was confirmed to be positioned solely behind Fury’s three-time opponent Deontay Wilder and Whyte within the rankings.
And he’s additionally at present the necessary challenger with the WBO and will look to problem the winner of Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.
As a stablemate of Fury below Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions, any world title shot for Joyce might be simply made with solely monetary points to be clarified.
The 36-year-old cemented his place as a number one contender with an emphatic stoppage victory over Carlos Takam in Jul y.
However any struggle with Fury would carry vital weight on the home scene regardless of the pair being buddies and having sparred collectively on earlier events.
And Fury charges Joyce as his greatest rival in Britain in keeping with his promoter Warren forward of previous-planned opponent Joshua.
“Tyson mentioned that he’s [Joyce] one of the best one on the market,” Warren instructed Sky Sports. “That’s what Tyson’s opinion was.
“Can he go all the best way? Sure he can. He’s received ticker, a giant coronary heart. He’s sturdy, he walks forwards, he’s the ‘Juggernaut.’
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“Whoever he’s in there with, you realize they may have an issue eliminating him. He’s a tricky man. He can struggle a bit. He can punch.”
Whyte has waited for his shot at Fury’s belt since he claimed the WBC silver title with victory over Robert Helenius again in 2017.
However Joyce has admitted that he’s staying ready in coaching in case a chance arises to face Fury with Whyte’s ongoing authorized battle proving an actual stumbling block.
“To struggle Tyson Fury would clearly be an incredible choice, and I‘d like to get the chance to be fast-tracked straight in there earlier than Dillian Whyte, sadly for him,” Joyce instructed iFL TV.
“That’s how boxing works. You by no means know precisely what’s going to occur till each camps are glad and it’s signed, and also you’re previous the weigh-in.
“I’m making ready myself behind the scenes, getting in one of the best form bodily, tactically, and mentally.”