Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce has given WBN thoughts on the current standing at top end of the heavyweight division.
Joyce is currently 1-0 in his pro career having made his pro debut late last year, but at the age of 32 is looking to progress fast through the professional ranks.
Despite his tender bouts, Joyce has been linked to a fight with former heavyweight title-challenger Derick Chisora on the undercard of Haye Vs Bellew II in May.
Prior to that, UK rival Anthony Joshua is pencilled in to fight New Zealand’s Joseph Parker in a huge heavyweight unification bout on March the 31st and Joyce broke down match as he sees it.
“Joseph Parker is a heavyweight champion, so it might be harder then people think for Joshua,” Joyce exclusively told World Boxing News.
“But you know it’s going to be an entertaining fight and I really can’t wait to see it.
Giving his opinion, Joyce added: “I think probably Joshua will win, but Parker will make it very hard work for him. He’s got a chin and he’s strong so it might go into the later rounds.”
Tyson Fury is also a name back in the mix after over two years out the ring, and when asked about potential opponents for the ex-champion’s comeback, Joyce said: “I’ve heard talk about Shannon Briggs, that would be entertaining for the press conferences and that, I think that would be good for both of them.”
Joyce then waded in on Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz clash for the WBC belt on March 3. He said: “Wilder versus ‘King Kong’ (Luis Ortiz) will be an interesting one. I don’t think it will be a quick stoppage like he did against Stiverne,” predicted Joyce.
“I think it will be Wilder (who will win), probably by KO, I think Ortiz has the skills to cause Wilder some problems, but he’s getting on a bit and he hasn’t been at his best of late.“
Joyce will be hoping to be named alongside those names in the not-too-distant future, but first up for Joyce is a bout against Rudolf Jozic at York Hall on the 16th of February.
Thomas Davison is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Thomas on Twitter @thomasdavison93