Joe Joyce has ripped into Anthony Joshua’s ‘corporate image’ and claims that his public persona is not a ‘true reflection’ of himself. The Juggernaut told Express Sport that he has seen a video of Joshua ‘gloating’ about beating him after they squared off as amateurs and says the clip shows AJ’s true colours.
The pair shared the ring together at the 2011 English National Championship London Area Preliminaries with Joshua coming away the victor via first-round stoppage. Joyce was still in the early stages of his amateur career, while Joshua would go on to win an Olympic gold medal one year later.
After the victory, Joyce obtained a clip of the Watford powerhouse boasting about stopping him and was less than impressed by his actions.
“I’ve seen a video of him gloating about beating me in the London finals in the ABA’s. He’s in the gym with loads of his mates and I can just see what kind of a guy he is,” said Joyce. “After that [Oleksandr] Usyk speech, his image is shattered.
As the WBO No1, Joyce is in a prime position to do battle with unified world champion Oleksandr Usyk but is willing to face any of the upper echelon divisional talents providing he overcomes his next challenge.
“All these fighters are really good at the top, Usyk, Joshua, [Tyson] Fury, [Deontay] Wilder – Dillian Whyte can maybe get it as well but all of those are great fights and they’ll be coming soon,” he continued. “Each has their own attributes where they’re at the top of their game. They’re very hard fights. I think once I beat [Joseph] Parker, I’m ready to take on all of these fights.”