The list of contenders Joe Joyce must defend his heavyweight title against has been revealed by the Commonwealth Boxing Council.
Joyce has been ordered to make a mandatory defence of his belt by September. ‘The Juggernaut’ can decide on any of the name challengers.
Among the twelve-strong names are lineal champion Tyson Fury. WBC number one Dillian Whyte features too.
Also included are one-time world title holder Joseph Parker. Plus omestic rivals Dave Allen, Daniel Dubois and Derek Chisora.
Fury is hugely unlikely to accept his inclusion with the CBC. Whilst a more likely clash would be against Dubois.
Recently put forward to challenge for the vacant British strap alongside Dubois, the pair could conceivably battle for both straps if they agree to meet in 2019.
There’s also the distinct possibility Joyce will drop the Commonwealth belt in pursuit of a WBA title shot against Manuel Charr.
Winning the ‘gold’ title in his last bout, Joyce claimed an eliminator triumph that could lead to a big opportunity to come.
HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION – JOE JOYCE (England)
Won title: 5th May 2018 / Last defence: 23rd February 2019
Dave Allen (England)
Derek Chisora (England)
Daniel Dubois (England)
Junior Fa (New Zealand)
Hughie Fury (England)
Tyson Fury (England)
Nathan Gorman (England)
Demsey McKean (Australia)
Mladen Miljas (Canada)
Joseph Parker (New Zealand)
Ebenezer Tetteh (Ghana)
Dillian Whyte (England)
JOE JOYCE to defend against any of the above by 30th September 2019