Joyce: “I’ll Beat Usyk This Time With Salas Devising The Game Plan”

Joyce Says He is Ready to Defeat Unified Champ Usyk

Joe Joyce wants to fight Oleksandr Usyk
Joe Joyce (L), Oleksandr Usyk | Credit: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images/Reuters

Joe Joyce Sees A Fight with Oleksandr Usyk Going His Way!

WBO Interim heavyweight champion “Juggernaut” Joe Joyce (15-0, 14KO) is ready to exact revenge for an amateur defeat against unified champion Oleksandr Usyk (20-0, 13KO). Before entering the professional ranks, both fighters crossed paths as amateurs with Usyk securing the victory. However, Joyce believes things will be different on the professional level.

Joyce has the boxing community buzzing after becoming the first person to stop former champion Joseph Parker via eleventh-round knockout. The Juggernaut continues to show off that granite chin by absorbing hard punches and returning fire with a vengeance.

The victory over Parker earned the British heavyweight the right to be the next in line to face unified champion Usyk and a chance at revenge. There are several stories in boxing where fighters have avenged their amateur losses, and Joyce is hoping to add his name to the list.


During an interview with iFL TV, Joyce explained why he believes the outcome will differ from the amateurs.

“When I fought him, I still pretty much had under ten years fighting experience. I didn’t have proper southpaw sparring. If I fight him now, in the pros, it’s over 12 rounds with smaller gloves. I’ll have more preparation just for him, southpaw sparring.

Watching him against Joshua, how he did in the second fight, I’ll be throwing more punches and making it a lot harder for him. I’ve fought him before, so I know what to expect, and with (Ismael) Salas devising the game plan and the techniques to deal with him, I’ll be in a good place, and I’ll aim to stop him or at least beat him.”

By: Garrisson Bland

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Garrisson Bland - Head of Public Relations/Senior Journalist. Garrisson is the Head of Public relations for as well as a senior writer. He is also the host of YouTube boxing show "Truth And Facts Sports Talk."