“The Juggernaut” Joe Joyce has welcomed a domestic clash against Hughie Fury for the British title after the British Boxing Board of Control ordered the heavyweight dust-up.
Fury was on the end of a hard fought points defeat to Kubrat Pulev in a final eliminator for the IBF heavyweight title in October and the BBBofC have now summoned him to defend his British belt against Joyce.
The 24-year-old from Manchester has yet to comment whether he is interested to drop back down to British level after being denied a world title fight, with Pulev going on to being the mandatory challenger for Anthony Joshua’s IBF world title.
Joyce has been up in Big Bear Lake, California, mixing it with Hughie’s cousin Tyson Fury, who is getting ready for his WBC title fight against Deontay Wilder on December 1, but has been welcoming of a potential shot at the current British champion.
Joyce has been quoted as saying “Listen, I respect Hughie, I consider him and [his father] Peter a friend to me, but this is a business,”
“I am top 10 in the WBA, but I think this is a fight the fans would want to see, and I am happy to challenge Hughie for the title and give the fans an exciting fight.”Joyce is open to a contest with Hughie Fury
The Olympic silver medallist Joyce, has already picked up the Commonwealth title in just his fourth fight against Lenroy Thomas and has now set his eyes on a seventh straight win against Joe Hanks on the undercard of Wilder-Fury out in Los Angeles.
Purse bids for the Fury-Joyce fight must be submitted by December 12.