On this week’s Struggle Speak we glance again at Joe Joyce’s stoppage of Daniel Dubois on Saturday evening, with the British heavyweight now setting his sights on changing into world champion. However does he have what it takes to beat pound-for-pound star Oleksandr Usyk?
Additionally this week, Mike Tyson says he needs to battle often in exhibition bouts having drawn with Roy Jones Jr on the weekend and former six-weight world champion Oscar de la Hoya has a selected opponent in thoughts as he plans a comeback.
May Joe Joyce beat Oleksandr Usyk?
British heavyweight Joe Joyce upset the chances on Saturday evening with a Tenth-round-stoppage win over Daniel Dubois in London.
In hindsight, you may query why Joyce was such an outsider with the bookies. An Olympic silver medallist, he had the newbie pedigree and had confronted higher opposition than Dubois within the professional ranks.
After the win, the Londoner solely had one man in his sights.
Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk, who beat Briton Derek Chisora final month, is obligatory for Anthony Joshua’s WBO belt.
“Usyk, Usyk, I am prepared for you Usyk,” Joyce stated.
If Joshua decides to vacate the title in an effort to tackle Tyson Fury in a mega-fight subsequent 12 months, it is doable that Usyk and Joyce may contest the vacant belt.
The 2 have historical past – in March 2013 Usyk beat Joyce on factors of their newbie bout on the World Collection of Boxing.
However Joyce says he has improved quite a bit since that battle over seven years in the past.
“I cringe trying again due to how horrible my method is,” he advised the 5 Reside Boxing Podcast. “There’s lots extra I can do if we battle once more, and he has to go 12 rounds with me as properly.”
He could also be stuffed with confidence however Joyce could be a heavy underdog towards Usyk – though some followers suppose he can achieve revenge…
Whereas others are nonetheless unimpressed by Joyce and might’t see something however a win for Usyk…
Pundit Steve Bunce does not suppose Usyk will have the ability to cease Joyce.
“If Daniel Dubois could not budge him then Usyk will not budge him. However he’ll are available in with a distinct plan,” Bunce advised the 5 stay Boxing Podcast.
“Usyk is misleading, intelligent, sensible. I believe it is a actually laborious battle. If Joyce got here by way of that – back-to-back wins towards Dubois and Usyk – the dancer, the artist, the person from Putney ought to be a nationwide hero.”
As for Dubois, many fighters, together with British heavyweight Dillian Whyte and Northern Eire’s Carl Frampton, stated the 23-year-old ‘stop’ when he took a knee and didn’t get again up.
However there was additionally some sympathy for Dubois, who suffered a damaged eye socket within the bout. Tyson Fury’s former coach Ben Davison provided these type phrases…
And Olympian Anthony Ogogo, whose personal profession was reduce quick by a watch damage, additionally provided his assist…
Mike Tyson needs to battle six instances a 12 months
It had been months within the making, a few of us did not truly consider it will occur, however on Saturday evening the ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’ returned to the ring.
Mike Tyson, 54, drew an exhibition bout towards 51-year-old Roy Jones Jr on the Staples Middle in Los Angeles.
However for these of you considering this was simply an itch that ‘Iron Mike’ wanted to scratch, you is likely to be unsuitable.
The previous world heavyweight champion has stated he plans to battle comparable exhibitions each two months.
“My physique’s nonetheless splendid, I wish to beat it up some extra,” Tyson stated.
So who may he face? Whereas some followers want Tyson would by no means lace up the gloves once more, others are eager on a rematch with former foes…
Earlier than his outing on Saturday, Tyson additionally urged he could be glad to battle the perfect of the present heavyweight division, specifically Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, for charity.
“There are such a lot of folks we will achieve this a lot for, it will be a check of their charitable coronary heart to battle an exhibition battle with me,” Tyson advised BT Sport.
‘GGG could be simple’ – De la Hoya eyes comeback
This 12 months has been one we’ll always remember for thus many causes, however in boxing phrases, 2020 has been the 12 months during which a number of ex-fighters have introduced comebacks.
Former six-division world champion, now promoter, Oscar de la Hoya is one on that listing.
The 47-year-old has been in coaching for a number of months for his deliberate return – which he says will probably be someday early subsequent 12 months.
However not like Tyson or Jones Jr, De la Hoya is not enthusiastic about an exhibition bout. As an alternative, he needs to go straight in with the elite.
This week he known as out Kazakhstan’s Gennady Golovkin.
And De la Hoya – who has been inactive since shedding to Filipino Manny Pacquiao in 2008 – believes ‘Triple G’ could be simple work.
“You understand how simple GGG could be for me? Oh my gosh. It could be a high-profile battle, that is for positive,” he advised Boxing Scene.
“I all the time took an excellent shot and I all the time took aside fighters like him. In my thoughts it will be that simple.”