EXCLUSIVE: Joe Joyce discusses why Anthony Joshua rejected Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury reports

Thomas Davison 07/08/2018

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Joe Joyce has claimed that there could be an element of ducking from Anthony Joshua in the failed attempt to make the undisputed heavyweight clash with Deontay Wilder.

Boxing fans have been hugely frustrated at the inability to make the mammoth heavyweight battle, with both sides taking a portion of the blame, depending on who you ask.

One man who is keeping an eye on developments is Rio 2016 Olympic silver medalist, Joyce, who will have designs on challenging for the belts in the future.

When asked whether or not he thinks Joshua ‘ducked’ Wilder or if it was more of a promotional mix-up, the 32-year-old told World Boxing News: “I think it was a bit of both. I think Wilder has got more to gain from beating Joshua.

“If Joshua was to win he would be the undisputed heavyweight champion, but if he lost, he would lose a lot.

“Wilder is very strong and he has that equalizer punch. Joshua could be on top, box well and Wilder could land a big bomb and take him out.

“It’s a big risk but, not so much reward. He could take the Wilder fight and get a certain amount, but he could take a few other fights and get the same purse.”

Joshua is now slated to fight Alexander Povetkin at Wembley and Joyce sees this as a smart choice of opponent for ‘AJ’.

“It is a bit of a risk (the Povetkin fight), but it’s a smaller risk than Wilder. Povetkin can bang as well, but he’s smaller and it’s a lot less of a risk than Wilder who is quick unorthodox and explosive.” Joyce said.

The Joshua-Wilder breakdown has opened the door for lineal champion Tyson Fury to challenge Wilder for his WBC strap and Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel confirmed as much to WBN last week.

“Tyson Fury is not afraid, maybe like Anthony Joshua was, to come over to the US and fight Deontay. So for us, it’s the biggest fight out there we can make right now.

“We wanted Joshua, and I have my own opinions as to why they don’t want to do it, but now we have the chance to make the biggest fight out there for Deontay against Tyson Fury.

“Right now, it looks real good that it will happen in November or December and we want to make it happen.” Is what Finkel revealed to WBN.

That’s also a fight Joyce would like to see: “I’ve heard about that, that would be an interesting fight and if it happens I would look forward to watching that, Fury seems to be in shape,” he concluded.

Thomas Davison is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Thomas on Twitter @thomasdavison93