World Boxing News have learned of an offer being made to ex-world heavyweight title challenger Dereck Chisora for an all-British clash with Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce this spring.
Joyce, 32, is aiming to move his career quickly on the back of turning pro following the Rio 2016 Games, at which the Londoner lost out on a gold medal controversially in a final bout with Frenchman Tony Yoka.
Eventually, Joyce wants to face Yoka in a revenge mission in the paid ranks and has top names in his sights for his C.V as urgently as possible. For this reason, Chisora fits the bill.
On the back of his debut victory over Ian Lewison last October, Joyce is lining up fights in February, March and May as ‘The Juggernaut’ continues his progress under top trainer Ismael Salas.
Warming up for a step up in class on February 16, Joyce was hoping to land Chisora in the spring – possibly on the Matty Askin v Stephen Simmons or Tony Bellew v David Haye 2 undercards, although WBN understands ‘Del Boy’ is not currently entertaining any advances regarding an encounter.
Chisora has endured a chequered record over the last two years with a six-fight win-lose run of form. A loss to Kubrat Pulev in May 2016 was backed up by two-round KO of Drazan Janjanin four months later.
The 34 year-old then dropped a split decision to Dillian Whyte in one of the heavyweight fights of the year in December before bouncing back with a routine stoppage of Robert Filipovic at the Echo Arena in 2017.
Last time out, Chisora couldn’t find a way past Agit Kabayel in a European title challenge and will potentially want to get back to winning ways – possibly even grab back-to-back victories – before he agrees to share the ring with Joyce.
As things currently stand, Joyce is being forced to look elsewhere for his first world-renowned opponent.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay