Olympic silver medal winner Joe Joyce is waiting in the wings and aiming to secure a world title shot at WBC champion Tyson Fury.

Fury and his handlers have mentioned Joyce as a potential opponent for the first quarter of next year.

Last week, it appeared that Fury would be ordered by the WBC to make a mandatory defense against top contender Dillian Whyte - but that didn't happen, with the sanctioning body citing their ongoing legal battle with Whyte.

Joyce and Fury share the same promoter in Frank Warren.

The unbeaten Olympian is sitting back and waiting to see how the heavyweight situation plays out.

“My aim in professional boxing is to be a world champion so fights that get me closer to that role, that’s what I’m all about, especially if it’s for a world title. I’m definitely game," Joyce told Talk Sport.

“It’s a tough fight, a very tough fight. Tyson Fury is very skilled. He’s a tall, big strong guy. He’s got long range, he can switch and hit on both southpaw and orthodox. His skillset is really good and his mindset, it’s going to be a big challenge, but we’ll see what happens.”

Joyce is currently training in Las Vegas in the event he receives the call to face Fury, who wants to fight by March at the latest.

“I think it’s quite an easy fight to make with my team and his team. We should be able to make it happen and I’m just hoping it will happen,” Joyce said.

“I’m not sure about February. I’m just going to see what happens and make sure I’m ready for that opportunity, that’s why I’m out here [in Las Vegas]. I’d like to see [Whyte] get a world title shot but at the same time I’m here as well. I’m trying to get my way in too."