Joyce Ready For Miller Clash, Per Manager
In his quest to be the top fighter, Joe Joyce has been waiting for his chance to take on Daniel Dubois. The two were set to face off in April for the British, Commonwealth, and European Heavyweight Titles. Due to the coronavirus, the bout was moved to around July. Sam Jones, the manager of Joyce, doesn’t see Dubois as a true challenge.
“Daniel Dubois has beaten nobody, amateur or professional. That’s just facts,” Jones said on the “Lockdown Lowdown” podcast, via Boxing Scene. “Joe Joyce is going to have too much experience for him, too much know-how for him. Daniel’s had no in-between fights. Fujimoto to Joe Joyce? You’re taking the p*ss.”
Joyce went 3-0 in 2019, beating Bermane Stiverne and Alexander Ustinov via TKO and Bryant Jennings via unanimous decision. The Jennings win in July was for the WBA (Gold) heavyweight Title. The 34-year-old is a former Commonwealth and WBA Continental Heavyweight Champion. There were rumors that Joyce could end up facing someone else before Dubois. A warm-up contest, it is unknown who he would fight.
Jones was adamant about a plan for Joyce in the interview. Besides Dubois (14-0), the current British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion with 13 wins via knockout, another huge heavyweight has been on the radar of the Joyce camp.
“Joe would fight any man in the world,” Jones went on to say. “We’ll wipe out Daniel Dubois, get him out the way and then we want Jarrell Miller. It’s the fight we’ve wanted for ages. It’s personal for Joe. They had a back and forth before so that fight needs to happen. Doesn’t matter where, Baby Miller is next. After that it’s a world title.”
Joyce and Miller (23-0-1) have been involved in social media fights as of late. Miller was supposed to face off against Anthony Joshua back in June 2019 for the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight Titles inside Madison Square Garden. He failed three separate drug tests before the fight, forcing him out of action. He was also suspended six months by the WBA to add to his punishment.
Those two then got into a dispute about contracts for a bout, with obscenities being thrown around. Joyce also told World Boxing News he couldn’t say no to Miller, thinking about others who failed drug tests in the past.
A win against both Miller and Dubois could very well propel him to a title shot. In a crowded scene, Jones was asked which heavyweight champion he’d want Joyce to face. He chose a man who has been an inspiration to many over the years.
“I would prefer Joe to face Tyson Fury,” Jones stated. “For the simple reason he’s the king of this era. You want to test yourself against the best. If you’re a professional footballer you want to play against Cristiano Ronaldo, you want to play against Lionel Messi. It’s the same for Joe.
“If Joe just beats Anthony Joshua, he still wouldn’t be considered number one.”