Joe Joyce thinks he can beat Oleksandr Usyk after 2013 amateur fight

Joe Joyce believes he can NOW beat Oleksandr Usyk after the pair fought as amateurs in 2013, with the British heavyweight claiming he is ‘at an elite level’… as he prepares for Joseph Parker clash next weekend

  • Joe Joyce fought Oleksandr Usyk back in 2013 when the pair were amateurs
  • Usyk won on a points decision but Joyce believes he would now be victorious
  • The British heavyweight faces Joseph Parker next weekend in Manchester
  • If he wins he has called for a chance to fight Usyk in the professional arena 

Joe Joyce has backed himself to defeat heavyweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk if the pair were to fight for the world title in the future.

Joyce is currently preparing to face Joseph Parker at the Manchester Arena on September 24 and has a chance to become WBO interim champion.

This would put himself in prime position to challenge the Ukrainian for his unified titles.

Joyce previously faced Usyk in an amateur fight back in 2013, losing on a points decision over five rounds. 

Joe Joyce has backed himself to defeat heavyweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk

They competed in a World Series of Boxing group match with the Ukraine Otamans overcoming the British Lionhearts. 

Both Joyce and Usyk have several parallels – they are undefeated and excelled at amateur level, both representing their nations at the Olympics.

And Joyce, who has 14 wins out of 14 fights as a professional with 13 knockouts, now feels as if he has improved enought that he would defeat Usyk if the pair were to meet again in the professional arena.

‘I think if it had gone a few more rounds I think I could have done something in the fight,’ Joyce told the Mirror.

Usyk fought Joyce back in 2013 in an amateur fight and was victorious on a points decision

‘I was landing shots and I was well in the fight but he was just a bit more slick and cute with his shots.

‘I also feel like I could have had better preparation with southpaw sparring and things leading up to the fight, but we have both come a long way. 

‘And I feel with Ismael Salas (renowned boxing trainer) coming up with the game plan and setting the techniques for me to work on, I think he can come up with something for me to beat Usyk now.’

There are question marks over whether Joyce could immediately face Usyk with complications over the Ukrainian’s desire to face Deontay Wilder after seemingly missing out on securing a fight with Tyson Fury. 

However, Joyce is confident that if he can beat Parker then he will be able to secure a fight with Usyk.

He said: ‘I would love that definitely. I think it is a great fight and there will be no argument if I fight Usyk or Fury because I am at that elite level if I beat Parker and I hope I get more respect when I beat Parker. 

‘I jumped up in peoples estimates when I defeated Dubois and I am hoping I can get more respect. I feel that this fight with Usyk has got a good ring to it too as it would be a clash of the undefeated.’

For now, Joyce’s focus is solely on Parker who has claimed he is confident of ending the British boxer’s career on September 24.

Joseph Parker is confident in his ability to beat Joe Joyce in their showdown next week

Speaking to TalkSPORT last month, the New Zealand heavyweight said: ‘I think I’m going to make him (Joyce) quit (boxing).

‘I know he doesn’t quit and there’s no quit in him from the fights we’ve seen, but when you keep attacking and keep chipping away eventually he will feel it.’

He added: ‘It’s a high risk fight for both guys. There are other fights out there, but there were none that would propel me to the top.

‘The Joyce fight for me was the right fight. There is a rematch clause, so the goal is to fight him and beat him. Then fight and beat him again in December.’

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