Joe Joyce expects to be the primary challenger to the undisputed heavyweight champion if he stays undefeated in opposition to Carlos Takam on Saturday.
Joyce has been confirmed as the subsequent WBO obligatory challenger after Oleksandr Usyk, the present incumbent, challenges world champion Anthony Joshua on September 25, dwell on Sky Sports activities Field Workplace.
IBF, WBA and WBO titleholder Joshua hopes to lastly crown the division’s king by going through WBC champion Tyson Fury, who will first meet Deontay Wilder on October 9.
Unbeaten Joyce would then obtain a shot on the belt subsequent yr.
“I’ve bought an enormous take a look at in Takam so I will not look too far forward as a result of this can be a powerful battle,” he stated.
“I have to beat Takam as much as make a press release so I can go on to win a world title.
“Takam offers it his all and he is a tough battle. It’d take a number of rounds, it’d take all of the rounds, however I’ll get the job performed then cruise on to a world title.”
Joyce displayed his peak benefit over the compact veteran Takam throughout a steely face-off on Thursday.
Cameroon-born Takam has beforehand gone 10 rounds with Joshua and eight rounds with Derek Chisora.
Joyce’s supervisor Sam Jones teased he had covertly been despatched footage of Takam sparring from inside his camp.
“I had somebody present me the footage,” Jones advised Takam.
“I’ve watched all of your spars, I do know the sport plan.”
Takam hit again: “Since you are scared.”
Takam replied Francis Ngannou, the UFC heavyweight champion, had tipped him off that Joyce is “not a technical boxer”.
Jones stated: “Carlos will come forwards, he’s a good boxer, he’s powerful and powerful. He goes in with the top.
“[Joyce] will extra spiteful on Saturday.”
Takam, now 40 and a veteran of 45 fights, insisted: “I’m one of the best Takam you have got seen, one of the best ever.”
His promoter Joe DeGuardia beforehand advised Sky Sports activities: “Whereas a knockout over a 6’6″ 260 lb large like Joe Joyce could appear unlikely, Carlos has the power, instruments, expertise and basis to piece collectively a efficiency that may very properly result in a sensational KO.”