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Joe Joyce wants Deontay Wilder next

Joe Joyce

Undefeated heavyweight contender Joe ‘Juggernaut’ Joyce 15-0 (14) says he would welcome a fight against former WBC champion Deontay ‘The Bronze Bomber’ Wilder 42-2-1 (41).

“That’s a big fight. I’d love to fight him in Las Vegas,” Joyce told Give Me Sport. “American fans know who I am. I train in Vegas. It’d be an interesting fight to make down the line.

“He’s obviously got phenomenal power. It’s those kind of fantasy matchups that get everyone talking. It’s a good feeling.

“I already knew my abilities like I always knew I would get there. And now I’m kind of here so there’s plenty of great fights for me to be a part of.”

The 37-year-old Londoner claimed the vacant WBO interim title against former champion Joseph Parker by 11th round knockout last month.

That puts him in position to face unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk 20-0 (13), who is expected to face WBC counterpart Tyson Fury 32-0-1 (23) early in the new year.

“I’m obviously in a good position as the WBO interim champion,” Joyce said. “That means I could be getting elevated to full champion very soon if Usyk doesn’t want to fight me when they call their mandatories. I don’t know. There’s so many good fights out there. If anyone wants to fight me give me a call, I’m ready.”

Meanwhile, Wilder’s trainer Malik Scott believes Joyce is a much tougher out than former WBA, WBO and IBF champion Anthony Joshua 24-3 (22).

“Joshua is the easiest for Deontay out of the three [Joshua, Usyk, Joyce],” Scott said to VegasInsider.

“I think Joe Joyce is a much tougher fighter than AJ is. His engine is stronger, the punches he takes, he’s awkward, his style is deceiving. AJ is a bit predictable especially now. Joyce is more imposing, he’s a much more meaner pugilist too but sometimes meaner gets you clipped when dealing with Deontay.

“I just feel Joyce is one of the best heavyweights in the world right now and he’s a force to be reckoned with.

“There’s no-one on US soil that respects Usyk more than I do but in saying that, if he gets hit by Deontay – especially how Deontay is believing in systems and showing off every tool in his tool box now – he’s going to sleep. It’s not about how good you are, it’s bio-mechanically – you’re not built or born to take this.”

Wilder is expected to be ordered to fight Andy Ruiz Jr in a WBC final eliminator that would put him in line to face Fury for a fourth time.

But Scott would rather see him face Usyk or Joshua instead.

“If it was up to me the negotiations would be in motion concerning Deontay and Usyk or him and AJ at a big stadium,” Scott said.

“One of those two. I’m not that big on him and Andy Ruiz fighting or him and Frank Sanchez. I’m not interested in those fights for Deontay.

“We’ve got three years left in this game and I want Deontay in the highest level fights possible. He’s big time boxing, those guys are not big time boxing. I’m not downplaying Ruiz, he’s a former heavyweight champion and he’s a good fighter.

“I just look at Deontay in a higher regard than those fighters. They have more to gain than him. I want Deontay in high level historical fights which people are very, very excited about.

“They’re not excited about Deontay fighting Frank Sanchez, Deontay may not even get excited fighting Sanchez. He’d get a tad bit excited about Ruiz but not like an Usyk or AJ though – those are the only two fights I want for Deontay. I’m not interested in anything else.

“But that’s just me; I’m not Al Haymon, Shelly Finkel or the matchmaker. If it were up to me I’d be in negotiations with Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua at the same time. If I could have it my way Usyk will be next then Joshua.”