Olympic silver medallist – Joe Joyce, looks set to face Derick Chisora on the undercard of Haye vs Bellew II, after previously revealing ‘Del Boy’ had refused to fight him.
First up, Joyce is pencilled in to fight Rudolf Jozic on the 16th of February at York Hall.
When Joyce was asked his thoughts on his opponent he exclusively told World Boxing News that “Rudolf is going to get a red nose”.
The Jozic bout will be only Joyce’s second pro bout after he stopped Ian Lewison eight rounds into his pro debut.
If Joyce can come through Jozik, which he will be expected to do, he looks set to face veteran campaigner Chisora, just prior to the revelation of the fight being almost done, Joyce told World Boxing News about his difficulty of getting opponents.
“It’s very difficult, I didn’t think it would be that difficult. Nobody really wants to fight me, yeah people have refused to fight me, I tried to get a fight with Sam Sexton he refused – Chisora, he refused (but is since reconsidering the offer).
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“I’m just leaving it to my team to pick out opponents, it’s just unfortunate that sometimes things don’t go to plan, people just don’t really want it.
“It would look bad for them to lose to me, but I just want to have as many fights as I can this year try get a title and people will be more likely to fight me, because I’ve only had one (professional) fight so obviously it looks really bad for them if they lose.”
Joyce currently fights under the Hayemaker Ringstar promotional banner, fronted by former heavyweight champion David Haye and former Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer.
Manager Sam Jones exclusively told World Boxing News that “the deal is done if Chisora accepts the offer”. It looks as though Joyce will get his wish – a high-profile fight and step up in class, albeit against a slightly shopworn Chisora.
It would be an opportunity for Joyce to showcase his talents on a huge PPV event on sky against a high-profile opponent.
Following his February 16th outing, Joyce will then fight in March before taking on Chisora if he accepts the contract.
Thomas Davison is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Thomas on Twitter @thomasdavison93