Hall of Fame trainer Teddy Atlas does not expect former two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua to ever step in the ring with Joe Joyce.
The two boxers sparred several times when they were amateur stablemates in Team GB.
Joshua would win Olympic gold in 2012, while Joyce won an Olympic silver in 2016.
Joyce placed himself on the map in 2022, when he captured the WBO's interim-heavyweight title with a dramatic knockout of former world champion Joseph Parker.
Joshua is slated to return to the ring in the month of March, as he looks to bounce back after suffering back to back decision losses to WBA, IBF, IBO, WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk.
A fight between Joshua and Joyce would make for a major event in the UK - but Atlas highly doubts the British star would agree to that scenario.
“There is no way on God’s Earth... no way... that Joshua and his promoter are getting within.... They wouldn’t get within a ten-foot pole of Joyce in that boxing ring. No way," Atlas stated on The Fight podcast.
“I’ve been saying this guy [Joyce is] a player. This guy’s got a chin of granite. He reminds me of a younger Foreman – although I gotta be careful with that because he is 38 years old. But Joyce reminds me of George Foreman when he was in his first life before the comeback.
"Just a big guy, a ponderous puncher, a concussive puncher. "Not a snappy puncher, just a blunting type puncher that does damage. He’s big. He’s relentless. As I said, he’s got a great heart, great chin so far. I’ve been calling for this guy to be in there instead of some of the other guys to get the shot.”