Although he’s been doubted time and time again throughout his relatively short pugilistic career, Joe Joyce has continued to silence his perpetual line of naysayers. This past weekend, in front of a fairly jam-packed crowd at the Manchester Arena, Joyce once again stepped into the spotlight. On the night, the former Olympic silver medalist took on former WBO heavyweight belt holder, Joseph Parker. (photo by Ryan Hafey)
Heading in, Parker (30-3, 21 KOs) puffed out his chest and spoke confidently about his ability to not only defeat Joyce but ultimately stop him. Yet, despite his bravado, Joyce smiled sinisterly as Parker’s normally deleterious blows bounced innocuously off his granite chin.
As the 37-year-old ramped up his pressure, Parker eventually succumbed in the penultimate round. With arguably the biggest win of his career now safely tucked away, Joyce’s ability to take a shot has been lauded by even his biggest critics.
Nevertheless, Malik Scott, current head trainer of Deontay Wilder, has become increasingly intrigued by Joyce’s durability. Having watched Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) put down every single foe he’s stepped into the ring with, Scott raises one salient question in the direction of Joyce while issuing a stern warning.
“The question is, how many of those can he take? That’s a different type of power,” said Scott during a recent interview with BoxingScene.com. “It’ll be interesting just to see how many he can take. The kind of power Deontay has is not meant for no one to continue to take over and over and over.”
As Scott continues to fantasize and contemplate how a showdown between Joyce and Wilder would play out, the former heavyweight contender turned trainer, is attempting to steer the Alabama native’s career back on track.
On October 15th, the hard-hitting former titlist will return to the ring to take on Robert Helenius in the main event slot in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Viewed as a sizable favorite to not only defeat Helenius but to do so in explosive fashion, Scott admits that Joyce (15-0, 14 KOs) is becoming obtrusive in the heavyweight picture. Still, even with Scott confessing that Joyce has rightfully worked his way to being considered an elite-level fighter, he remains fully confident that Wilder is the one man equipped to deal with his never-ending engine.
“It would be interesting because I feel as if you can't knock Joe Joyce out, it’s going to be very, very hard beating him by decision because he kinda keeps coming. I believe if there’s a man for the job to see if he can handle that type of heat that’s coming his way, it’s Deontay Wilder. And that’s because of the power factor, the equalizer.”