Joe Joyce Thinks He’d Get The Better Of Oleksandr Usyk In Rematch

Joe Joyce wants a second crack at Oleksandr Usyk.

Back in 2013, Joyce and Usyk shared the ring in an amateur bout. Usyk won the match on points. Fast forward to the end of 2020 and Usyk is a former world cruiserweight champion, while Joyce holds the British, Commonwealth, WBC Silver, WBO International, and European Heavyweight Titles.

Both Joyce and Usyk are unbeaten as professionals. Usyk is currently the mandatory WBO Title challenger in the heavyweight division.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Joyce said he feels a second bout with Usyk would have a different result.

“I want to win a heavyweight world title. Derek Chisora put up a valiant effort but Usyk’s skills were better. Against me? It would be a different story. It would be a mental battle but a physical one too because he’d have a big ‘Juggernaut’ coming towards him for 12 rounds.”

Joyce’s manager, Sam Jones, expressed his belief that Usyk won’t be able to handle the new and improved version of Joyce.

“Usyk won but, if you watch the fight, Joe was always in it. Joe was raw and inexperienced at the time, and Usyk had too much know-how. Joe had never sparred a southpaw in his life before fighting Usyk! Joe is a lot bigger than [Usyk’s most recent opponent] Derek Chisora and throws a lot more punches. Joe would be written off again and would go into this fight as a big underdog again but we are very confident he could topple Usyk.

“Usyk is a genius, I love watching him, he is arguably the greatest cruiserweight of all time. But against the real big boys he will come unstuck. And Joe is a real big boy, and Usyk will come unstuck.”

Joyce is coming off a 10th-round knockout victory over Daniel Dubois. Usyk’s last bout resulted in a unanimous decision win over Derek Chisora.

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