Joe Joyce wants to fight the winner of Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.
The 35-year-old Olympian had been preparing to fight the Ukrainian former undisputed cruiserweight champion in a WBO eliminator but had to switch opponents to Carlos Takam after Usyk landed a title fight with Anthony Joshua.
Joyce fights this Saturday for the first time since his November stoppage of up-and-coming heavyweight Daniel Dubois, who could not handle any more punishment from Joyce’s jab to his eye socket.
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He is the mandatory challenge for whomever emerges victorious of Joshua and Usyk, though there may be deals made to finally make an undisputed heavyweight clash - against Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder - before Joyce gets a look in.
Joyce would want a prospective title fight to be at Arsenal’s Emirates ground, according to Boxing Scene.
"That would be a great one for the history books and there is a first time for everything," he said.
"The Emirates is an amazing stadium, so I am looking forward to it happening hopefully.
"I actually started off in East London and was born in Mile End. I lived with both my parents in Bethnal Green before they split up and my mum moved to Hackney, then Leytonstone, before we went south to Putney when I was six.
"I got to go to Highbury sometimes when one of my uncles took me because my dad wasn't into football much so I didn't get the chance to follow as closely as I would have liked.
"The first game I watched - I can't remember how old I was, but I was pretty young at the time - was an Arsenal-Liverpool game in the era of Ian Wright and David Seaman.
"I have always been an Arsenal fan since school and soon I am getting to do a fishing show with my childhood heroes, [Ian] Wright and [David] Seaman."