Joe Joyce’s manager says Chisora, Povetkin, Parker & Kabayel turned down fight


By Charles Brun: Joe Joyce’s manager Sam Jones says that he wasn’t able to get Alexander Povetkin, Joseph Parker, Dereck Chisora or Agit Kabayel to agree to face the unbeaten Joyce (9-0, 9 KOs) for his next fight date on July 13 at the O2 Arena in London, England. Jones is now mentioning former two-time heavyweight world title challenger Eric Molina, Bryant Jennings and Chris Arreola as the next possible options.

Arreola, 38, appears to be headed for a fight against Adam Kownacki on August 3rd, so he’s not likely a strong possibility for Joyce’s July 13th fight at the O2 Arena. 

Joyce’s manager Sam Jones said this on social media about his efforts to get him an opponent for July 13:

“So, Kabayel, Chisora, Povetkin & Parker all have turned it down. Kabayel is having a mandatory, and will then have to fight Joe next as will the winner of Charr v Bryan for the WBA regular. Who would the fans like to see Joe fight on July 13 at the 02 Arena? Also, Jennings would beat [Tom] Schwarz, [Andy] Ruiz and [Dominic] Breazeale #facts.”

Jones listed these fighters that he wants the fans to choose from for Joyce’s July 13 fight:

– Bryant Jennings

– Eric Molina

– Chris Arreola

Even getting Jennings or Molina to agree to a fight against Joyce could prove to be difficult. Jennings is with Top Rank Boxing, and they might not be thrilled as the prospects of letting him fight a big guy like Joyce in a high risk low reward type of fight. Jennings (24-3, 14 KOs) might not ever get a heavyweight world title shot, but he is useful to Top Rank as an opponent for their other heavyweights Tyson Fury and Kubrat Pulev. The 37-year-old Eric Molina (27-5, 19 KOs) still has life left in his 12-year career despite losses to Dominic Breazeale, Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder. Molina is one of those guys that will keep getting shots at big fights for some reason. If Molina takes a risky fight against Joyce, he could ruin his viability for a future world title shot.

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