Joe Joyce: I’m Fairly Confident I Can Beat Oleksandr Usyk
Joe Joyce thinks he has what it takes to hand Oleksandr Usyk his first loss.
Negotiations appear to be underway for an interim WBO Heavyweight Title clash between Joyce and Usyk. Both men are undefeated as pro boxers and are looking to take the next step to solidify their place among the elite heavyweights. Usyk already ruled the roost at cruiserweight, becoming an undisputed champion. Joyce is coming off the biggest win of his career, knocking out the previously unbeaten Daniel Dubois.
Speaking to The Guardian, Joyce questioned whether or not Usyk can withstand his power for the duration of their potential clash.
“It gives us an opportunity to fight the winner of AJ-Fury. I’m fairly confident I can beat him. I saw the fight against Derek Chisora. [which Usyk won on points] and he’s put on more muscle and weight and he’s slowing down a little. At the same time I know it’s going to be tough because he’s so skilled. But can he weather my punches for 12 rounds?”
Joyce and Usyk shared the ring for World Series of Boxing as amateurs back in 2013. Joyce reflected on losing to Usyk on points.
“He was fresh from the London Olympics where he won a gold. I hadn’t fought many southpaws and Usyk’s an incredible fighter. He’s had 350 amateur fights and won 95% of them. So he was too seasoned. It was a bit like myself and Dubois where I had so much more experience. It will be different next time and I’m hearing it could be in the spring.”