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Joe Joyce: Derek Chisora didn’t want to fight me

04 Apr | BY Betway Insider | MIN READ TIME |
Joe Joyce: Derek Chisora didn’t want to fight me
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The British heavyweight discusses the potential opponents for his next fight, including Derek Chisora and Dillian Whyte, and gives his thoughts on Tyson Fury v Oleksandr Usyk.

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Heavyweight Joe Joyce spoke with Betway to discuss his next fight and denied there had been any negotiations with Derek Chisora, despite the latter claiming promoter Frank Warren had reached out to him about making a domestic showdown this year.

The 2016 Olympian revealed he would be open to fighting Chisora, however, and is open to also facing Dillian Whyte in Saudi Arabia if the opportunity presents itself. 

Is there any truth in reports of negotiations with Derek Chisora?

JJ: I want to get back in there and have a nice win and then have a big fight. Derek Chisora is a possibility and is a big name to add to the list. I wanted to fight Derek Chisora earlier on in my career when I was with David Haye and Ringstar Promotions, but he wasn’t willing to fight me. He even said to my face that he didn’t want to fight me so we will see but I wanted to fight him before.

I think he didn’t want to fight me back then because if he had lost to me back then he wouldn’t have had the other fights he had with the likes of Carlos Takam after the time we could’ve fought. There’s nothing to confirm officially as of yet but there have been some big names flying about, but it would be good to get out there and fight a big name fighter like Derek Chisora but nothing has been sent to my team. I’m confident in my abilities if we were to fight though and I believe I will knock him out.

Could you make the Saudi card in June if you’re selected?

JJ: I’d love the chance to fight in Saudi Arabia if and when it is presented to me as it seems to be the place to fight at the moment. It’s where it seems to be happening now and I want to get in that heavyweight mix so it would be a great opportunity. If I could fight Dillian Whyte, that would be massive too, and it’s a fight people want to see, and styles make fights. I think our styles would gel well and it would be entertaining.

I need to watch his last fight but like myself, it was his first fight back so there was some criticism and improvements can be made. If we were to fight, I would expect the best version of him. But there have been complications previously trying to make that fight but I would be open to it next. 

How do you see Tyson Fury v Oleksandr Usyk going?

JJ: They are both top level fighters so may the best man win. I am very intrigued about how the fight goes because Fury obviously has the longer reach and is a switch hitter while Oleksandr Usyk can close the distance and throws a lot more punchers than Fury. But Tyson could lean on him and make it difficult for Usyk although he is very tough.

It’s the best of the best and I am eagerly awaiting it like everybody else is. He’s still younger than me but he has been in the game all of his life and has had a long professional career so we will have to wait and see. I always thought Tyson Fury would beat him but then with the performance from Oleksandr Usyk in both Anthony Joshua fights, he can throw a lot of punches. Styles make fights and it will be interesting to see how it goes down.

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