Via Barry Holbrook: Joe Joyce (14-0, 13 KOs) believes he is now ready to challenge for a world title against heavyweight champions like Oleksandr Usyk or Tyson Fury following a knockout victory in the previous fourth round. Christian Hammer (October 27, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at Wembley Stadium in London, England.
#1 WBO, #2 WBC Joyce entered a clinic punching the body against Hammer, knocking him out four times in competition before the match was halted in the 4th round by referee Victor Loughlin.
Joyce ranks high enough with the World Boxing Organization to challenge the winner in the August 20 rematch between IBF/WBA/WBO champion Usyk and Anthony Joshua.
To win a title against WBC champ Tyson Fury will be more difficult for Joyce as ‘The Gypsy King’ has made it clear that he is retired and will only be lured back with huge sums of money.
With Fury focused on money, the only boxer who can bring him a huge salary is Joshua.
Joyce got the Hammers out there tonight faster than Fury in their 2015 round of 16 victory.
“I am still moving forward, and I will reach the top. I’m at the top of the charts with WBO & WBC, so it’s only a matter of time before I get the belt for them, the right belt,” Joe Joyce told Frank Warren’s Queensbury Promotion after the victory over Christian Hammer.
“It’s great that he’s back in the corner again. I had three great training camps in Las Vegas, learned stuff and added it to my arsenal.
“Yes, I’m ready, I’m ready for the next stage,” Joyce said when asked if he feels ready to challenge heavyweight champions like Oleksandr Usyk or Tyson Fury. are not.
“I’m at the top level now, so it’s only a matter of time when they arrange their matches. I am there, ready and waiting
“He’s going to have a rematch on September 24th,” Frank Warren said of Joyce’s next game. “We’re going to sit down and find some rivals between us.
“It goes on and on. Now he is 14-0. It’s great that he got his place. He’s #1 with WBO and #2 with WBC. Tonight, he showed you why,” Warren said.
“He [Joyce] Warren said.
“Interesting,” Joyce said of how he got hit by Hammer a few times this evening.
“It’s too exciting for an old man like me,” Warren continued. “It was unbelievable and what a fight. I know it’s going to be a great fight while it lasts. What I said in the press conference, ‘War,’ and that’s what happens.
“You know what? He had the ammo to win the fight and he did,” Frank said.
Joyce said in response to a question about why he was hit by the Hammers so often in the first two innings.
“In the beginning, you don’t really know where the punches are coming from. So it takes some time to get used to it. I don’t mind taking pictures, but I don’t want to. So I need to go back to the drawing board, a gym and work on my defensive stance, then the next step.
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“It’s good that I have this now. It’s great to be back,” Joyce said.
“A lot of things happened, and he turned around and shook off those cobwebs and really rocked the whole heavyweight boxing scene. That’s for sure,” Warren said during his talk with Joyce ‘Juggernaut’.
“I noticed the body shots in action. [Trainer Ismael] Salas told me to go get the body checked, and told me about some footage from during the fight,” Joyce said.