Joe Joyce demands Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk winner after defeating Takam

Joe Joyce wants a shot at the world championship after defeating Carlos Takam at Wembley last night, with Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk both on his radar.

The former Olympian consolidated his number one contender spot with the WBO by stopping Takam in the sixth round of their main event clash in London, and has said that he doesn't want to wait to make the step to world level.

Joshua took ten rounds to put away Takam in their 2017 meeting, and fans believe that Joyce looked more impressive in his victory over the Cameroonian fighter, despite a controversial stoppage.

“What I want is AJ or Usyk," Joyce said immediately after the bout. "I don’t need any more tests. I’ve picked the levels up and strategically moved.

"I’ve started at the deep end and I’ve carried on at a steady trajectory. I’m ready now.”

And he added to that in an appearance on Talksport this morning, explaining that he has sparred world level opponents and believes that he is now ready for the top table.

“I’m at my peak now and I believe I’ve got at least another three/four years,” he told the 'Sunday Exclusive' show.

“I’m turning 36 in September, but I want to get towards a world title now – I’ve still got a few more years to go.

“It’s very exciting to be a heavyweight right now, there are so many great tests and fights; I could potentially fight the winner of Joshua vs Usyk, but before that I might have an interim fight or something.

“I’m number one mandatory challenger for the WBO after AJ and Usyk get it on , and then there’s obviously the Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder fight which needs to take place to try and make the mega fight.

“There are a lot of moving pieces and parts could get fragmented so I’m there to jump on the WBO first and I’ll take it from there.

“I’ll have a bit of time off over the next couple of weeks and then it’s back to the drawing board and getting ready for my title shot.”

However, Joyce's promoter Frank Warren, who also has a vested interest in making an eventual Fury-Joshua fight once his man has gotten past Wilder, believes Joyce may need one more run out before making the step up.

“He’s the mandatory challenger, he’s number one now," Warren said after the fight. "Obviously AJ and Usyk are getting it on in September, then he becomes the mandatory challenger to the winner.

“I think what will happen, provided AJ wins and Tyson Fury wins, I think they’ll fight first, but the winner will have to fight him.

“We’ll see what happens, or if the title gets vacated then he’ll fight for that – he’s only had 13 fights as a pro and he’s in the position he’s in, which is brilliant.

"He’ll be out again some time in October if that’s what he wants, that’s what he’ll have.”

Joshua vs Usyk will take place on September 25 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, while Fury vs Wilder 3 goes down two weeks later at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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