Deontay Wilder offered Joe Joyce as next opponent after former WBC heavyweight champ confirms boxing return


DEONTAY WILDER should take on Briton Joe Joyce in his comeback fight, according to promoter Frank Warren.

Wilder, 36, confirmed last week that he intends to carry on boxing despite a second successive defeat to Tyson Fury back in October.

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Wilder is set to continue his career following two defeats to FuryCredit: Getty
Joyce is in contention for a shot at the WBC title which Wilder lost to Fury

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Joyce is in contention for a shot at the WBC title which Wilder lost to FuryCredit: Reuters

The American is still ranked No1 in the WBC’s rankings behind champion Fury.

And Warren, who promotes Olympic silver medallist Joyce, feels it is a logical fight to make as his man is ranked No2.

Speaking to iFL TV, he said: “He [Wilder] was in gruelling fights with Tyson. The last one was a classic.

‘When you talk about the best fights of the last 20 years, that fight [Fury-Wilder III] certainly is one of them.

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‘I don’t know what he’s got left… he’s a dangerous man and he can punch – ask Tyson.

“So if he’s got something to give, good luck to him, we welcome him back.

“Him and Joe Joyce, what a great fight that would be. Who would you rather see him fight than Joe Joyce?

“You want to see him [Wilder] fight Dillian Whyte? I’d much rather see him fight Joe Joyce.

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“I don’t want to see two losers fight. I’d rather see him fight a winner, and he’d be fighting for the No1 spot.”

Wilder had won all 40 of his professional fights before he took on Fury for the first time in December 2018 – a bout which controversially ended in a draw.

The hard-hitting heavyweight from Alabama then knocked out Dominic Breazeale and Luis Ortiz in 2019, before he rematched Fury in February 2020 and was stopped in the seventh round.

He then fought The Gypsy King for a third time in October last year, dropping Fury twice but ultimately losing by KO in the 11th round.

But talking recently about his future in the sport, he said: “I can’t stop right here. I must continue my journey. I have to, I have to.

“I’m looking to resume my career for sure. I’ve got a lot of other things I’ve got to get out of the way.

“I’m taking away from my children if I come back, because now I’m able to enjoy my life fully like I want to.

“I sacrificed so much to be in this position in my life, to be able to live my life like I want for the rest of my life.”

Meanwhile, Joyce turned over from the amateurs in 2017 and has won all 13 of his pro bouts.

His biggest win came in an all-British dust-up with Daniel Dubois 18 months ago, a clash he won by 10th round knockout.

Joyce was due to take on former WBO champion Joseph Parker this summer, but that fight has now been pushed back to September.

The Brit is still scheduled to fight in July, although his opponent is yet to be announced.





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