British heavyweight Joe Joyce thinks he would ‘break’ unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk if they fight in the pros. The pair faced off as amateurs in 2013 in a World Series of Boxing bout that was won on points by the Ukrainian in five rounds.
The original contest was a fairly comfortable day in the office for Usyk who won with a total score of 50-45 on all three judges’ scorecards. But now the London suicide bomber is convinced he has the skills and the game plan to beat his former foe.
“I will come with more skills,” Joyce told Boxing Social. “I have [coach Ismael] Salas by my side to define the game plan and work on skills, etc. I didn’t even have the Southpaw fight for the first fight I had with Usyk. I think on repetition, styles make fights and I think I’m going to hit it.”
Joyce is currently unbeaten as a professional at 13-0 with his last victory over Cameroonian-born French veteran Carlos Takam last July. Juggernaut is due to return to the ring on July 2 at the SSE Arena in London against an undisclosed opponent.
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Provided he wins his next fight, Joyce will only solidify his position as the WBO’s No. 1 contender putting him in line to face the winner of Usyk and Anthony Joshua next. Weighing in on the fight, Joyce told Boxing Social during the same interview that he thinks Usyk will win the rematch.
“I thought as soon as the fight started with him and Usyk, Usyk went straight to work,” Joyce explained. “He knew how to beat Joshua and now that he’s beaten him before, doing it again will be a bit of the same.
“That’s unless Joshua makes some drastic changes, which I guess he did against Ruiz and then he can say ‘three times’. But maybe it’s all part of the plan, I don’t I don’t know. That’s a big question, but let’s see what happens. Joshua can obviously punch, he’s got quick hands and decent footwork. He fought the wrong fight when they fought first, he tried to take out the boxer.
“I’ve said many times that he could have come out, abused him, knocked him down and tried to knock him out. I think that’s what he’s going to have to try and do. It’s good to say that , but actually get in the ring with someone qualified [is different].
“I was in the ring with Usyk and felt like I put in a better performance, in fact Chisora put in a great performance against Usyk. It was a lot closer than the one against Joshua. So I think it will be a repeat unless Joshua can do something drastically different and pin him down.”
AJ lost his WBA ‘super’, IBF and WBO titles to Usyk in September as he was sent off and highlighted in front of a capacity crowd at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Now they are set to fight for the second time on July 23 at the Jeddah Super Dome in Saudi Arabia in what will no doubt be a defining night for both men.