Frank Warren, promoter for Olympic silver medal winner Joe Joyce, is not convinced heavyweight veteran Derek Chisora would be willing to face his boxer.
Chisora was ringside at Wembley Arena on Saturday night, as he watched Joyce stop world title challenger Carlos Takam in six rounds.
Chisora has been out of the ring since earlier this year, when he lost a close twelve round decision to Joseph Parker.
Warren informed BoxingScene.com that he’d like to bring Joyce back in October – with Chisora being an opponent he would like to secure.
But, Warren does not expect Chisora to accept that opportunity.
“We tried to make the fight for July 24, and have done so before,” Warren told Sky Sports.
“His team have told me he doesn’t fancy it. He was even saying the same this weekend and that he wants to fight [Joseph] Parker and not Joe Joyce.
Warren is surprised with Chisora’s position, because a win over Joyce would place the veteran in a very lofty position – since Joyce is next in line with the WBO for a world title shot.
“The reward for beating Joe would put Derek in the No.1 spot with the WBO, but he wants to fight Parker, a lower ranked guy? That’s the mentality I suppose after 11 losses. The fact is Joe is the WBO No 1, and is next in line for the winner of AJ vs Usyk and that’s where our focus is. He’s the guy who is best placed in the heavyweight division to break into the Fury, AJ, Wilder world title scene,” Warren said.
“But if Joe and his team tell me they want a tick over fight whilst we are waiting on AJ or Usyk, someone like Del Boy could work. He would give Joe some rounds before being broken down and stopped.”