Frank Warren says Joyce vs Wilder is the fight to make (Picture: Getty)
Deontay Wilder has been urged to fight undefeated British heavyweight Joe Joyce when he returns to the ring.
Wilder, 36, has not fought since being knocked out in his thrilling trilogy bout against Tyson Fury last October. ‘The Bronze Bomber’ is plotting another world title charge, however, recent confirming he will ‘continue his journey’ in the sport.
Fury insists he is retired from boxing, even backing Wilder to take his place in an undisputed title fight against the winner of Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua II.
The American has retained his no1 rank with the WBC despite defeats in his last two outings with Frank Warren suggesting a meeting with no2 Joyce makes perfect sense.
Joyce was set to fight no3 ranked fighter Joseph Parker this summer in a fight that has now been pushed back to September.
Joyce will fight next on 2 July (Picture: Getty)
‘He was in gruelling fights with Tyson. The last one was a classic,’ Warren said of Wilder to IFL TV.
‘When you talk about the best fights of the last 20 years, that fight [Fury-Wilder III] certainly is one of them.
‘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; [I] don’t want to see two losers fight, I’d rather see him fight a winner, and he’d be fighting for the number-one spot.’
36-year-old Joyce is still slated to fight on 2 July despite the Parker fight being postponed. The Putney heavyweight has wins over Carlos Takam and British rival Daniel Dubois in his last two outings.
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