Anthony Joshua’s "chin has gone" claims Joe Joyce as he eyes Tyson Fury clash
British heavyweight boxer Joe Joyce has claimed Anthony Joshua’s ‘chin has gone’, as he eyes a potential clash with Tyson Fury. Joyce’s comments come in the wake of the confirmation of Joshua’s rematch with heavyweight rival Oleksandr Usyk.
AJ surrendered his world titles against Usyk last year in front of a packed house at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, as the Ukrainian prevailed on points. The rematch is something Joshua has been after since his defeat in London last year.
Now the clash has finally been penned in for August 20 of this year, with the heavyweight world championship bout taking place in Saudi Arabia.
Joyce however clearly doesn’t fancy Joshua’s chances, with the two potentially set to meet if the two Englishmen can see off their next opponents. PerThe Sunhe said: “If by some miracle Joshua beats Usyk, he will have to face me or vacate the belt. His chin has gone and I don’t think his heart is fully in the game any more – he’s a businessman more interested in lecturing students.”
Joyce will take on German Christian Hammer on July 2, and after that has his eyes on beating the undefeated heavyweight champion Fury, despite the Gypsy King’s retirement stance. The 36-year-old added: “I agree with him on one thing: None of the others stand a chance against him. I am the only one that can beat him if he ever took the challenge.”
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Since defeating Dillian Whyte at the end of April, Fury has reiterated his intentions to retire from boxing as an undefeated champion. Whether Joyce does get the chance to take on the Gypsy King remains to be seen, however if he does it may cost organisers a pretty penny.
As a result, the Gypsy King revealed this week that if he was to come out of retirement and fight again, he would demand a staggering £500 million to get into the ring. Telling theTelegraphwhat it would take for the Mancunian to come out of retirement, he said: “£500 million.
“So if somebody wants to pay that, I’m sure there’s people out there with a lot more than that, then I’ll return. But until that day, kaput, I’m out. And if someone wants to waste half a billion, I suppose my morality will be tested.”
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