Olympic silver medal winner Joe Joyce would love to face his countryman Anthony Joshua in the future.
Joshua and Joyce have known each other for a long time and have sparred each other in the gym.
Joyce is back in the ring this Saturday night at Wembley Arena in a stay-busy fight against division veteran Christian Hammer.
On August 20 in Saudi Arabia, Joshua will attempt to reclaim his crown when he collides with Oleksandr Usyk in a rematch for the IBF, WBO, IBO, WBA heavyweight titles.
“I’ve known Joshua for a long time and know he is a good guy and comes from a good place. For a long while, he looked unbeatable and then it all came crashing down with the Andy Ruiz loss — and that must have been hard to come back from. He won the rematch on the back foot and looked scared to get hit. He has a lot to prove," Joyce told The Sun.
“He has never reached out to me. I used to have his number and we’d catch up occasionally. But after the Ruiz loss, I tried to send him a nice message and I think he might have changed his number — or thrown the phone in the sea. I still want to see him fight Fury but I’d also like a chance to fight him, so, hopefully, he doesn’t retire before that.”
Joyce has been studying Joshua and his style of fighting for a long time.
The British superstar recently parted ways with longtime trainer Rob McCracken and replaced him with Robert Garcia.
“AJ has gone a bit odd more recently. He’s a bit of an odd guy — he used to be different. In sparring sometimes, he used to come toe-to-toe, tache-to-tache and swing bombs. It used to be very exciting and I used to really like sparring with him like that," Joyce said.
“But, all of a sudden, he started working on his technique and using his footwork, being out of range and stuff. He switched up his style a little bit and didn’t go gung-ho. Changing your trainer can be hard but it depends on how you are as a person. If Joshua can absorb all the new information and tactics then it could be fine. But it also can take time to adapt and incorporate into your sparring and fighting.
“I really hope he can win the rematch for British fans and for British boxing. Joshua has a chance. He showed how he can turn it around with the Ruiz rematch when he came in with some different tactics. He was competitive in the first Usyk fight and he has good power. So, if he can take it to Usyk like he should have done in that first fight, he has a puncher’s chance.”