By Craig Daly: Tyson Fury would rather face Joe ‘The Juggernaut’ Joyce next than IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk.
Fury (33-0-1, 24 KOs) will need elbow surgery before facing Usyk or Joyce next. Last Saturday night, Fury successfully defended his WBCC title, stopping Derek Chisora in the tenth round at the Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium in London.
After the fight, Usyk was invited by Fury to the ring for them to start hyping their undisputed match in the first quarter of 2023. However, Usyk looked like a deer in the headlights while being scolded by Fury.
Joyce then came forward and started talking about his own chances of a fight with Fury, leaving Usyk standing there ignored and forgotten. Joyce took over and trash-talking with Fury. UK fans were thrilled to see these two battle it out.
At the post-fight press conference, Fury claimed he was still interested in fighting Usyk, but if the match can’t be made, he wants Joyce next because he considers him a better fighter.
“People have been asking me all night, ‘Who’s a tougher fight, Usyk or Joyce?’ In my opinion, Usyk is the most skilled boxer, but Joe Joyce is ‘The Juggernaut,’ and I think Joe gives me a tougher fight than Usyk, 100 percent,” Tyson Fury said at the conference. Post-fight press on Saturday night following his tenth-round knockout win over Derek Chisora.
“Big Joe, 6’7”, and 19 1/2 stone like a juggernaut coming towards me, trying to tear me apart, or Usyk trying to steal a jab, running around the ring, trying to score a point here and there.
“So I think Usyk is a very good fighter. I’m not going to take anything away from him. He is the undisputed heavyweight champion and the unified heavyweight champion. So he’s had a fantastic career, but I think I’m going to do some work on him.
“I can’t just think. I don’t just want to talk. I want to prove it, so let’s go. But like I said, I think the biggest challenge for me is Joe Joyce, the “Juggernaut”.
“I mention him a lot because I’m very impressed with where he’s been and where he’s from. He should be an Olympic gold medalist. He got ripped off in the final [against France’s Tony Yoka]In my opinion.
“He did everything that was asked of him. He beat Bryant Jennings, a world class fighter, Daniel Dubois, a world class fighter, and my good friend, Joseph Parker. He is definitely ready. Like I say, if Usyk can’t be done, then we’ll do the Juggernaut and give them a titan clash for sure,” Fury said.