Joe Joyce is officially in the big time after ‘The Juggernaut’ cracked the top 10 of The Ring heavyweight rankings in July.
Joyce meets Carlos Takam in his next fight in London on Saturday July 24, knowing that victory over the tough Frenchman will make him the next mandatory challenger for the WBO title currently held by Anthony Joshua.
Joe is 12-0 as a pro after bursting the considerable bubble around Daniel Dubois with a 10th-round knockout last November. A win over Takam would see him knocking hard on the WBO door for a future world-title shot.
The man Joyce replaces in the top 10 is Russian veteran Alexander Povetkin. The former Olympic champion and world heavyweight champion announced his retirement recently after being crushed by Ring #3 Dillian Whyte in their rematch on Gibraltar in March.
Fury vs Wilder 3 for Ring belt
The Ring magazine title will be on the line next in Las Vegas on Saturday July 24 for Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3. The pair will finally lock horns in their trilogy fight at T-Mobile Arena after Wilder won a legal ruling to force the bout.
Reigning champion Fury of course had been hoping to face Ring #1 and fellow Brit Anthony Joshua for all the heavyweight marbles in Saudi Arabia on August 14. Wilder’s arbitration victory though put a stop to all those best-laid plans.
In terms of other Ring-ranked fighters fighting soon, #6 Michael Hunter is set to face Mike Wilson on August 14 in what is being billed as a WBA final eliminator (we have no idea…).
Meanwhile Joshua is expected to defend his IBF, WBA and WBO titles against Ring #9 Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25.
If Fury and Joshua both prevail in their upcoming fights, then the drums will again start to beat loud for that potential unification battle before the end of 2021.