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British heavyweight boxer Joe Joyce has taunted Anthony Joshua, suggesting he ‘wouldn’t hear the final bell’ should the two meet in the ring.
The two boxers have been in a war of words in recent weeks, with Joshua accusing Joyce of being ‘overconfident’ and claiming that he ‘wouldn’t last a round’ against him.
Joyce, who is undefeated in his professional career, has now fired back at Joshua, suggesting that he ‘wouldn’t hear the final bell’ if they were to fight.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Joyce said: “I think he should be more concerned about listening to the final bell if we fight. I’m sure he won’t hear it.”
The 33-year-old also suggested that he would have no problem with stepping in the ring with Joshua and believes he has what it takes to become world heavyweight champion.
He said: “I haven’t shied away from any fight. I’m not scared to fight anyone. I’m confident I can beat anyone in the division and I’ll take on anyone.”
Joyce is currently the European Union heavyweight champion and is undefeated in his professional career, having won all 11 of his fights to date.
Meanwhile, Joshua is the current WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion and is considered to be one of the top heavyweights in the division.
The two boxers have previously been linked with a fight, but nothing has materialised as of yet.
Joyce’s comments are sure to add fuel to the fire and could spark a potential showdown between the two boxers.
It remains to be seen whether Joshua will respond to Joyce’s taunt, but one thing is certain – the British heavyweight division is full of some of the best talent in the world and a fight between these two would be one of the biggest in boxing history.