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Boxing: Joe Joyce is ready to step up and fight ‘buddy’ Tyson Fury in February

‘My schedule is free, let’s do this!’ – Joe Joyce says he’s ready to step up and fight ‘friend’ Tyson Fury in February if Dillian Whyte fails to secure a fight against the Gypsy King.

  • Tyson Fury looks for his next opponent after beating Deontay Wilder
  • Dillian Whyte hopes to force a mandatory challenge amid arbitration
  • Fury’s former sparring partner Joe Joyce said he’d be happy to face him


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Heavyweight contender Joe Joyce wants to fight Tyson Fury in February if the WBC world champion cannot agree to a mandatory defense against Dillian Whyte, telling the Gypsy King ‘my schedule is free’.

Joyce is one of the rising stars in the division, continuing his undefeated start as a professional by stopping the highly-rated Daniel Dubois last year, then knocking out the experienced Carlos Takam this summer.

He is friends with Fury and has sparred with him in the past, but said that would not prevent him from wanting to face him in the ring with a world title at stake, and he is willing to arrange a fight depending on the situation. The result of Whyte’s legal challenge to force Fury into a showdown.

Heavyweight star Joe Joyce says he's happy to step up and fight Tyson Fury next February.

Heavyweight star Joe Joyce says he’s happy to step up and fight Tyson Fury next February.

Joyce is a friend and former training partner of Fury, but is itching for a world title shot.

Joyce is a friend and former training partner of Fury, but is itching for a world title shot.

Joyce is a friend and former training partner of Fury, but is itching for a world title shot.

The WBC declined to name Whyte as their mandatory to face Fury next as they await an arbitration decision against him while the Body Snatcher looks for an opportunity against his British partner.

Whyte has been seeking a title challenge for a long period, exceeding more than 1,000 days as the governing body’s number one challenger, and has now taken things further to make sure he moves to the front of the line.

But if he fails, Joyce is ready to step in, admitting that she ‘respects’ Fury, but urged her rival to consider it.

'The Juggernaut' is a rising star in the sport and defeated the highly rated Daniel Dubois last year

'The Juggernaut' is a rising star in the sport and defeated the highly rated Daniel Dubois last year

‘The Juggernaut’ is a rising star in the sport and defeated the highly rated Daniel Dubois last year

Could have a chance to step up as Dillian Whyte fails to secure a mandatory title challenge

Could have a chance to step up as Dillian Whyte fails to secure a mandatory title challenge

Could have a chance to step up as Dillian Whyte fails to secure a mandatory title challenge

He wrote on Twitter: ‘I have a lot of respect for Tyson Fury as a friend and as a fighter, but my schedule is free in February. Let’s do it! ‘

‘The Juggernaut’, ranked as the number one challenger with the WBO and the number two challenger with the WBC, is desperate to continue proving his worth and last week he tweeted: ‘I’ll get my shot! It’s just a matter of time.’

Fury would be wary of Joyce after congratulating his heavyweight partner and calling him ‘the best there is’ in a conversation with his promoter Frank Warren.

“I was talking to Tyson about him,” Warren told Sky Sports. Tyson said it’s the best there is. That’s Tyson’s opinion.

Can you go all the way? If he can. He has a good heart, a big heart. He’s strong, he walks forward, he’s the ‘Juggernaut’.

Fury previously said that Joyce is 'the best heavyweight out there' as he searches for a new opponent

Fury previously said that Joyce is 'the best heavyweight out there' as he searches for a new opponent

Fury previously said that Joyce is ‘the best heavyweight out there’ as he searches for a new opponent

Whoever it’s there with, you know they’ll have trouble getting rid of it. He’s a tough guy. You can fight a bit. He can hit. ‘

Fury himself boosted Joyce’s hopes of facing him by insisting that he would fight “who is available and what makes sense.”

“I’m just relaxing, enjoying life, taking one day at a time and having fun,” Fury said. Sky sports while attending BOXXER Fight Night at Wembley.

‘I’m not really interested, because to be honest, it really doesn’t make a lot of sense who I want to fight right now. It’s who is available and what makes sense later. ‘

Whyte launched a legal challenge against the WBC and is awaiting an arbitration decision

Whyte launched a legal challenge against the WBC and is awaiting an arbitration decision

Whyte launched a legal challenge against the WBC and is awaiting an arbitration decision

Joyce expects Whyte’s legal challenge to collapse, although her promoter Eddie Hearn said he was confident she would be successful in an interview with iFL TV.

I think the truth is, without the lawsuit, right [Dillian Whyte] Have they even been summoned by the WBC for mandatory? I think the answer is probably no or certainly not in the terms he would like.

‘The legal case and arbitration have a decision to make, and we believe it will be a more favorable decision than it would be for a standard WBC ruling.

The WBC said yesterday: “We cannot issue a ruling due to this current situation.” I get it. We are very confident that the ruling will be to the benefit of Dillian Whyte, considering the circumstances, and he will be called Tyson Fury’s mandatory challenger. ‘

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