Frank Sanchez Guarantees He’ll Outclass Joe Joyce!
Top-ranked heavyweight contender Joe Joyce (14-0, 13 KOs) (#1 WBO, #2 WBC, #6 IBF) declared that he’s ready for anyone in the division following a fourth-round win over Christian Hammer (27-10, 17 KOs) on July 2 in London, England. It looks like one heavyweight heard what Joyce had to say and decided to respond to his clarion call.
Frank “The Cuban Flash” Sanchez (20-0, 13 KOs) is ranked third by the WBO, fourth by the WBC, and thirteenth by the IBF. During an interview with Sky Sports, the 29-year-old said he would love to face Joyce and that a match between the two is inevitable.
LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN
“Joe Joyce and I will cross paths 100 percent; there is no question about that. The only question is: will it be this year or next year?”
Sanchez is a product of the famed Cuban amateur system, where they put great emphasis on developing one’s skill and technique. He has used those teachings well as a pro. The biggest win of his career is a unanimous decision victory over the previously unbeaten and hard-hitting Efe Ajagba in October 2021.
“The Cuban Flash” called for a match with Ajagba. He proceeded to back up his words by knocking him down in round seven and giving him a boxing lesson in what was an eye-opening performance. Many fans and pundits praise Sanchez’s boxing ability and technical prowess for a heavyweight. When asked what would happen should he face the durable and power-punching Joyce, the Cuban suggests that he would a be walk in the park.
“The Joyce fight will look very similar to Ajagba. He is very big and strong, but too slow for me, slower than Ajagba. He will be no problem for me.”
In addition, Sanchez says he has no problem packing his bags and going to Joyce’s country of England to fight him. It’s one thing to call him out, but what are the chances of it ever happening?
AN INTERESTING SCENARIO
Due to his mandatory position with the WBO, Joyce has eyes on the August 20 rematch between unified champion Oleksandr Usyk and two-time unified champ Anthony Joshua. Joyce is looking to get first dibs at the victor. However, if the winner of that rematch decides to vacate the WBO belt, you could see the sanctioning body pit mandatory challenger Joyce versus the third-ranked Sanchez for what would be the vacant title.
Styles make fights. Based on style alone, Sanchez has the skill and movement that would give the Brit fits. If Joyce is indeed looking for some smoke, Sanchez is clapping back and ready to end his search.
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By: Michael Wilson Jr.