Joe Joyce Says He Could Fight Gerald Washington On Wilder-Fury

By Keith Idec

Joe Joyce is busy sparring against an even bigger opponent than the one he thinks he’ll box next.

England’s Joyce told Sky Sports for a story posted to its website Wednesday that his handlers are in negotiations to fight Gerald Washington next. The 2016 Olympian, who’s sparring regularly with Tyson Fury in Big Bear Lake, California, is expected to make his next appearance on the televised portion of the Deontay Wilder-Fury undercard December 1 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

“He’s a big guy that brings the heat,” Joyce said, “and he’s very sturdy and durable.”


The 6-feet-6, 240-pound Washington was stopped by Wilder and then Jarrell Miller in back-to-back bouts in 2017.

Washington (19-2-1, 12 KOs) still represents a step up in competition for Joyce, who has knocked out all six of his pro opponents. The former USC football player defeated John Nofire (20-2, 16 KOs) by unanimous decision in his last fight, a 10-rounder June 10 in Lancaster, California.

The 6-feet-6, 260-pound Joyce, 33, believes beating a fighter of Washington’s caliber this early in his career will demonstrate his readiness for more formidable contenders in the near future.

“That’s what I’m aiming to do,” Joyce said. “That’s what I’m trying to do – make statements. He is a good, solid heavyweight and he’s a step up for me, but I can overcome that challenge.”

Meanwhile, Joyce is learning from working with the 6-feet-9, 255-pound Fury every day.

“His style of fighting – he has good head movement, he is quick, he comes from different angles, he is elusive,” Joyce said. “It’s good to learn stuff – how to land punches and where to put my feet. I can try out some stuff. He has a good style to learn from. He’s world class. Obviously, so is Anthony Joshua.”

The London native knows Fury already is in good shape for what will be a very challenging fight against the hard-hitting Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs).

“His fitness is there,” Joyce said. “We did eight rounds together comfortably. And they were Big Bear rounds, which are a lot tougher [due to altitude]. He has done a lot of running here. He looks fit and sharp.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by champion4ever on 11-02-2018

[QUOTE=REDEEMER;19242135]Don't be silly, Washington is raw and came from a football background and is late 30's. Joyce should have won gold medal and has been boxing since his early 20's.[/QUOTE] Then why does Joe Joyce; Who is 33 years of…

Comment by REDEEMER on 11-02-2018

[QUOTE=champion4ever;19238155]Unlike Deontay Wilder, Gerald Washington is the more fundamentally sound and the more complete fighter of the two. All Wilder has is that equalizer. On the other hand, Gerald have some actual boxing skills. He was outclassing Wilder for the…

Comment by Afi23 on 11-02-2018

[QUOTE=BoxingandBlunts;19241464]was watching Usyk vs Joyce in the WSB and the commentators mentioned Joyce took up boxing in his early 20s, he was 27 during the fight and supposedly had only been fighting for 5 years[/QUOTE] Thanks for the info.

Comment by BoxingandBlunts on 11-01-2018

[QUOTE=Afi23;19237987]Quick question for the UK folks: any particular reason why Joyce turned pro so late at the age of 32? It seems like he picked up boxing late, did he?[/QUOTE] was watching Usyk vs Joyce in the WSB and the…

Comment by sayf on 11-01-2018

[QUOTE=champion4ever;19239695]You are so right and I whole heartedly agree! I misspoke and had a change of heart once I realized how old he was. He is 33 years old and if it's not now, then it's never; In order to…

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