Joyce comes out to make a heavyweight speech by stopping Parker
Joyce comes out to make a heavyweight speech by stopping Parker

Joyce comes out to make a heavyweight speech by stopping Parker

Joe Joyce feels he will pull himself into the heavyweight division by becoming the first fighter to stop former world champion Joseph Parker.

Despite winning all 14 of his professional bouts since claiming Olympic silver in 2016, Joyce’s feats can sometimes slip under the radar of Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua fighting on the biggest stages.

The Londoner can step out of the shadow of his British compatriots and claim the vacant WBO interim title at Manchester’s AO Arena on Saturday night but raising his hand isn’t his only focus. .

As he tries to move into a mandatory position to take on the WBA, IBF and Oleksandr Usyk champions, Joyce believes beating his New Zealand rival this far will put the rest of the division on notice.

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He told the PA news agency: “I always felt like I was going somewhere in boxing. All I felt was to win the fights.

“I’ve been leveling up here and there, taking strategic routes with good fighters on the way. I think I’m going to use the WBO to beat Joseph Parker.

“It’s a must-win fight. I plan to win it and I plan to stop him. I don’t want it to go any longer.

“It would be a statement to stop him. On the other hand, I can compete with Usyk or anyone else. There are a lot of good fights out there.”

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While the winner of this week’s show will look to move immediately into the world title picture, Usyk doesn’t want to fight until next spring at the earliest and is already targeting Fury, the WBC champion who is in talks with Joshua in December.

Joyce, however, is not worried about the bottle neck as he wants to face Usyk and avenge his 2013 loss to the Ukrainian in the World Series of Boxing.

He said: “I would love to fight Usyk, especially after Parker. I enjoyed the WSB fight even though I lost but over 12 rounds I would have gone for him.

“It would be an interesting fight and I would like to avenge that loss. But I’m getting there and I’m patient. I am in a good place now.”

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Joyce was originally scheduled to face Parker (30-2, 21KOs) on July 2, but the Brit ended up stopping Christian Hammer in four rounds on that date – his first fight in a year.

He added: “The Hammer fight was great preparation for Parker. I got rid of the rust in the ring so I hit the ground running (in training camp). Well done because I’m ready.”

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