Joe Joyce’s manager Sam Jones has issued a response to recent claims by British heavyweight champion Sam Sexton in an exclusive interview with WBN.
Sexton had revealed a ‘crap’ offer was made by Team Joyce and promoter David Haye for a possible clash on March 17 or May 5 on the Tony Bellew undercard.
The Norwich mad had said: “They’ll offer crap money as they know nobody’s going to fight for that kind of money. Then they can say they turned down the fight and to the general public it looks good on their part.
“For somebody like me to fight him who’s just won a British title, I mean, if he’s going to fight me they’d be looking at paying me silly money as there’s absolutely nothing to gain for me whatsoever.
“if you beat him then he’s only had two fights anyway and if you lose you are s*** and were never any good anyway.”
Instead of taking the Joyce offer, Sexton accepted a contract to fight former world title challenger Hughie Fury on May 12.
Upon reading Sexton’s statements, Jones wasted no time in giving his response exclusively to World Boxing News on Tuesday.
“Sam Sexton’s telling lies as he got offered a large payday, but he knew he’d lose so he bottled it,” stated Jones.
“He knows Joe, Hughie or even Nathan Gorman would tear him apart, so he knows his next fight will most likely be his last.
“Now he’s been offered a huge payday to fight Hughie, he’s basically selling his British title to the highest bidder.
“Joe would have punched the soul out of him and Hughie will box his nostrils off, in my view and end his career.”
Joyce is currently in talks to fight Dereck Chisora in the spring, whilst Sexton had his own opinion on that encounter.
“I think it would be too soon for him they’re obviously trying to push him on quick and I think he’s the same age as me now,” Sexton told WBN.
“I mean he’s not bad, is he? – But maybe they’re just trying to push him on a bit too quick. They are possibly trying to take a gamble and if it works, it works but if it doesn’t, it doesn’t.”
Jones has since quipped back with: “Sexton’s comments on Joe v Chisora, well he should keep his opinions to himself.
“He’s been chinned twice by Dereck but Joe isn’t Sam Sexton. Joe is a different gravy who I guarantee will beat Chisora and beat him very handily.
“Joe is out March 17th again, then the big one on May 5th,” added Jones.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay