Frank Warren thinks Joe Joyce is stopping Anthony Joshua

By Huck Allen: Promoter Frank Warren reveals he contacted Anthony Joshua’s handlers to try to set up a fight between him and Joe Joyce.

While Warren hopes that the Joshua vs. Joyce fight can happen, he doubts it will. Joshua’s once-promising career took two devastating blows, with him losing to Oleksandr Usyk and Andy Ruiz Jr.

That much, Joshua, 32, cannot afford another lossthat’s why a dangerous fighter like Joyce (13-0, 12 KOs) probably won’t have the chance to face him.

Joshua’s confidence has been gone since his loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. in June 2019, and he’s looked shy in his three fights since that loss.

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn wants him to fight on an interim basis until Oleksandr Usyk returns from the war in Ukraine.

Hearn should forget about Joshua fighting Usyk again, as the IBF/WBA/WBO champion could have been tied down for years in Ukraine had the war turned into an eight-year Vietnam-style quagmire.

“Absolutely do,” Frank Warren told Talksport when asked if he would like to do a fight between Joe Joyce and Anthony Joshua. “I like Joe. He’s got a great chin and great stamina.

“They talk about what happened to him [Joyce] when they were amateurs. Well, they’re not amateurs anymore. They are pros, and Anthony was beaten twice and exposed, certainly in his last fight [against Oleksandr Usyk]very exposed,said Warren.

Whatever Joshua won during his amateur days over fighters like Joyce and Otto Wallin doesn’t make sense now.

It’s an entirely different reality for Joshua in 2022 than he had years ago when he was younger and not the scarred by war veteran who has lived through too many horrors battle after battle.

Joshua looks damaged from the fighting, mentally and physically. The way AJ has looked lately, he’s not going back to be the fighter he was.

Sadly, that’s not something he can fix by swapping his coach. It won’t change anything, ever.

Joshua looks like a shadow of the fighter he was from 2013 to 2018.

AJ’s loss at the hands of Ruiz took something from him mentally, and it’s purely academic that he won’t be able to go back to being the fighter he was at the peak of his career.

“I think Joe can knock it down,” Warren said of Joshua. “We’ve made initial contact, but I don’t think they’ll accept,” Warren said of him contacting Joshua’s team to try and make a fight between AJ and Joyce.

“If they want it, they can have it. I think Joe will knock him out; I really do. If you look at his [Joshua] last fights, he looked a little wary. I think Joe can reach it and stop it“Warren said.