EXCLUSIVE: Joe Joyce manager talks title hopes, Anthony Joshua future

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Joe Joyce has a tough test next month against Bryant Jennings, should he successfully come through this his manager, Sam Jones, thinks he is a couple of fights away from a title shot.

The heavyweight landscape has changed after Andy Ruiz Jr shocked the world by stopping former champion Anthony Joshua.

The Joshua team have triggered the rematch clause and it seems likely the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts will again be on the line.

Should Ruiz Jr win again then mandatories will come into play, with the potential of some of the belts becoming vacated by the champ.

Jones gave his thoughts on how close Joyce is to making it to the top and aired views on Joshua.

“Who knows what’s going to happen,” Jones exclusively told World Boxing News. “If Ruiz goes and beats Joshua again, the belts could become vacant what with mandatories. It’s all wide open, really wide open, who knows.

“Joe could fight for a world title in his next couple of fights. That’s what Joe is boxing for, he wants to be involved in some proper, proper fights.”

Moving on to the Ruiz Jr defeat of Joshua in New York last week, Jones feels it’s bad for British boxing. But could be good for the division as a whole.

“It’s one hundred percent bad for British boxing, what happened. It is stupid to think otherwise.” Jones said. “For other heavyweights it’s great!

“All the belts could be up for grabs, you just don’t know what will happen.

“Is Ruiz going to defend or are some going to become vacant, it just puts a big spanner in the works.”

Jones made an analogy between a cartoon movie and Joshua to explain his thoughts on the fight.

“My first thought of the fight was that it was like the movie Space Jam, when all the cartoons started playing instead of the players. That’s exactly how I compare it to Joshua!

Jones continued: “Joshua looked ok in early rounds, put Ruiz on the floor in the third but as soon as that happened it was like he (Joshua) went lethargic. Didn’t know what to do.

“I thought it was alarming what he was asking Rob McCracken. Everyone going into the fight new Ruiz had faster hands than Joshua. But Joshua is a big strong athlete, a monster, that we thought was just going to eventually bulldoze Ruiz.

“It just wasn’t to be, it was a sustained beating, not just a lucky shot. I had Ruiz up from the get go really. I mean, round three, yeah Joshua put him on the floor but I had Ruiz winning most of if not all the round.”


Jones claims the rematch is the biggest match-up to be made in boxing.

“The rematch is the biggest match in boxing, it’s the biggest for the simple reason of what is now riding on it,” Jones remarked.

Could Joshua retire, well Jones thinks it could be an option.

“Joshua, it’s crazy to think at 29, where would he go if he lost for a second time against Ruiz? It’s impossible (to comprehend).

“He’s not going to fight the winner of David Price and David Allan. He has been selling stadiums out!

“I personally think he could retire if he loses out or a long lay off and then come back. But for competing at world title level, losing to Andy Ruiz Jr would be devastating for his career!”

Mick Kane is a contributor to World Boxing News. Follow Mick on Twitter @MickKaneMMA