Joe Joyce believes he can NOW beat Oleksandr Usyk after the pair fought as amateurs in 2013, with the British heavyweight claiming he is ‘at an elite level’… as he prepares for Joseph Parker clash next weekend

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  • Joe Joyce fought with Alexander Usyk in 2013, when the pair were amateurs
  • Usyk won by one point decision but Joyce believes he will be victorious now
  • The British heavyweight will face Joseph Parker next weekend in Manchester
  • If he wins he has asked for a chance to fight Usyk in the professional arena

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Joe Joyce has backed himself to defeat heavyweight world champion Alexander Usik if the pair fight for a future world title.

Joyce is currently preparing to face Joseph Parker at the Manchester Arena on 24 September and has a chance to become the WBO Interim Champion.

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This would put itself in prime position to challenge the Ukrainian for their unified title.

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Joyce previously faced Usyk in an amateur fight in 2013, which he lost by one-point decision in five rounds.

Joe Joyce backs himself to defeat Heavyweight World Champion Oleksandr Usyk

Usyk fought Joyce in an amateur fight in 2013 and was victorious by one point decision.

Usyk fought Joyce in an amateur fight in 2013 and was victorious by one point decision.

Joyce seeks a chance to fight Usick in the professional arena if he defeats Joseph Parker.

Joyce seeks a chance to fight Usick in the professional arena if he defeats Joseph Parker.

He participated in a World Series of boxing group match with the Ukraine Ottomans overcoming the British Lionhearts.

Both Joyce and Usyk have many in common – they are undefeated and excel at the amateur level, both representing their nation at the Olympics.

And Joyce, who has won 14 of 14 fights as a professional with 13 knockouts, now looks like he’s improved enough to beat Usyk if the pair meet again in the professional arena. .

Joyce said, ‘I think I could have done something in the fight if it had gone on for a few more rounds’ Mirror,

The Ukrainian is the current heavyweight world champion and is undefeated in his career.

The Ukrainian is the current heavyweight world champion and is undefeated in his career.

‘I was landing shots and I was good at fighting but he was a little more clever and sweet with his shots.

‘I also feel like I could have prepared better with the southeast bouts and the things that lead to the fight, but we both have come a long way.

‘And I think Ismail Salas (the famous boxing trainer) is coming up with the game plan and setting up the techniques to work for me, I think he can do something for me to beat Usyk now Is.’

There are question marks as to whether Joyce can immediately confront Usyk with complications over the Ukrainian’s desire to face Deontay Wilder after missing out on securing a fight with Tyson Fury.

However, Joyce is confident that if he can defeat Parker he will be able to compete with Usyk.

He said: ‘I would definitely like it. I think it’s a big fight and if I fight Usyk or Fury there won’t be any argument because if I beat Parker I’m at that elite level and I expect to be at that elite level when I beat Parker And you will get respect.

‘When I beat Dubois I jumped into people’s guesses and I hope I can get more respect. I think this fight with Usyak has also got a good ring because it will be a struggle of the undefeated.’

For now, Joyce’s focus is entirely on Parker, who has claimed he is confident of ending the British boxer’s career on September 24.

Joseph Parker is confident in his ability to beat Joe Joyce in next week's match

Joseph Parker is confident in his ability to beat Joe Joyce in next week’s match

talking to talkSPORT Last month, the New Zealand heavyweight said: ‘I think I’m going to leave him (Joyce) (boxing).

‘I know he doesn’t quit and none of the fights we’ve seen, but when you keep attacking and you will finally feel it.’

He added: ‘It’s a high-risk fight for both people. There are other fights out there, but none were enough to get me to the top.

‘For me Joyce’s fight was the right fight. There is a rematch clause, so the goal is to fight and defeat him. Then fight and beat him again in December.’

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