Tyson Fury: Joe Joyce ‘couldn’t lace my boots’ but beats Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk

Tyson Fury has claimed Joe Joyce would not be able to “land a punch” at him if the two heavyweights met – but backed his fellow British fighter to beat both Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua.

Joyce picked up a significant KO win over Joseph Parker in Manchester on Saturday to secure the vacant WBO heavyweight title.

It was the unbeaten 37-year-old’s 15th win and 14th by knockout. Joyce survived several heavy punches from Parker and won in the 11th round.

Joyce publicly stated his intention to face Usyk, who holds the full WBO belt, after securing the win.

Fury was present at the AO Arena after allowing New Zealander Parker to train with him ahead of the fight and was also mentioned as a possible future opponent for Joyce after his decision to retire from boxing was apparently reversed.

However, the 34-year-old is certain he would defeat Joyce.

“He wouldn’t miss a single punch in 12 rounds,” Fury said in a video published on the site Queensberry Promotions YouTube channel by Frank Warren.

“I don’t think he could hit me with a damn handful of rice. He’s a big man, but I’m taller. He’s heavy, but I’m heavier. He’s a good fighter, but I’m the best in the world for a reason.”

Fury is expected to face Joshua next, with Usyk unlikely to return to the ring this year.

The Ukrainian beat Joshua to retain his heavyweight title last month in his fourth fight since moving up from cruiserweight.

Fury made a joke about Usyk’s past lighter weight and expressed belief that Joyce was good enough to beat his two potential next opponents.

“I think he beats Anthony Joshua, I think he beats middleweight [Oleksandr Usyk]’ Fury said of Joyce.

“He might have an issue with Deontay Wilder’s speed and power and I don’t think he could lace my boots – there’s no shame.”

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