Joe Joyce: I’ll be ready to fight Nick Webb on Joshua v Povetkin

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Commonwealth heavyweight champion Joe Joyce is ready to accept any advances from promoter Eddie Hearn to face Nick Webb on the Anthony Joshua v Alexander Povetkin undercard. 

Hearn had wanted the contest to take place on the Dillian Whyte v Joseph Parker bill, although Joyce wants more time after beginning his search for a new trainer.

Joyce, 32, was linked to being a replacement for the injured Kell Brook as ‘The Special One’ was ruled off the card with an injury but ‘The Juggernaut’ is focusing his efforts on securing a new coach on the back of an amicable split with Ismael Salas.

“To be clear, I was never scheduled to fight this month,” explained Joyce recently.

“I was alerted by my promoter when I got back from my holiday a few days ago that there could be a potential fight against Nick Webb on July 28th.

“As it stands I don’t have a trainer, as he has now moved to Doha and moved into semi-retirement.

“I will announce my new trainer in due course. I will fight any heavyweight in the world with notice let alone Nick Webb who my team have previously offered the fight to twice.

“I will happily Fight Nick in September, so if Eddie wants to put it on the AJ undercard. I will be more than ready.

“Also, I would like to take the time to thank Ismael Salas for all his help and improving me as a fighter. I wish him all the best in his new venture in Doha,” he added.

In an update on Thursday morning, Joyce stated: “I would love to fight on the Anthony Joshua undercard on September 22 and defend by Commonwealth title against Nick Webb.

“We have had three barnstormers in the amateurs and I’m off to start my training camp. I’ll be ready!”

The ball is now firmly in Hearn’s court on a potential deal as the Matchroom boss begins work on piecing together the event for Sky Sports Box Office.