Anthony Joshua’s ideal rival for a fight in Nigeria is Joe Joyce, says Sam Jones | Boxing messages
Anthony Joshua’s dream of a fight in Nigeria could be helped by the appearance of Joe Joyce as the challenger, says Sam Jones.
Joyce could become Joshua’s mandatory challenger and push through a world championship fight, says his manager Jones.
The unbeaten Joyce will face Carlos Takam on July 24, while Joshua will defend his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight belts against Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September.
“There is a chance Joe and Joshua will fight in Nigeria,” Jones told Sky Sports. “They are both of Nigerian descent, that could be huge.
“If AJ needs a dance partner in Nigeria, look no further. This fight would be very, very special.
“Joe would enjoy the idea of fighting Joshua in Nigeria, but he would also fight Tyson Fury in Las Vegas or in a stadium in the UK.”
Joshua’s undisputed title bout with WBC Champion Fury could be revived if both summer bouts persist. Fury meets Deontay Wilder on July 24, hours after Joyce battled Takam.
Joyce was initially in talks to play a WBO interim belt with Usyk when Joshua and Fury were on a collision course, but he was still able to force his way into the world title.
“Joe will be mandatory for the world title,” said Jones. “Hopefully Joshua and Fury get it done and Joe will get the winner.
“Joe’s time will come. He also wants to see Joshua against Fury – there has to be an undisputed title fight. He doesn’t care who wins.”
Joyce achieved the best win of his career by stopping the previously undefeated Daniel Dubois last time.
He will return against Cameroon-born Takam, who played 10 rounds with Joshua and also shared a ring with Alexander Povetkin, Derek Chisora and Joseph Parker.
Jones said, “In the prime of his life, what will Joyce get from fighting a no-hopper at 35?
“We want to build on the Dubois struggle against a name that people know and that will try.
“Joe is in a great position and we could have an easier fight, but he’s not like that. Joe wouldn’t be ready to fight a no-hopper.
“Takam is notorious for trying. He is dangerous, he has operated at world level for a long time.”