Heavyweight Joe Joyce has further strengthened his claims for a world title shot after claiming a convincing victory over France’s Carlos Takam on Saturday.

British heavyweight boxing has been dominated by WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO champion Anthony Joshua and WBC title-holder Tyson Fury over recent years.

But Joyce has emerged as a serious contender since turning professional in 2017 after winning a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

He boasts a perfect 13-0 record as a professional following Saturday’s victory at Wembley Arena, with 12 of those wins coming inside the distance.

Referee Steve Gray stepped in to stop Saturday’s bout in round six after Joyce landed a series of unanswered heavy shots.

“He’s a tough African lion, so all credit to him. I had to take my opportunity when I saw it,” Joyce said.

He was already the WBO’s mandatory challenger and his latest win will serve as a further warning to champion Joshua, who is set to face Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25th (Match betting – Joshua 2/5, draw 25/1, Usyk 2/1).

Despite holding claims for a title shot, Joyce is likely to have to be patient for his opportunity, with Joshua and Fury likely to square off with all the belts on the line if they successfully come through their respective bouts with Usyk and Deontay Wilder.

“He’s the mandatory challenger. I think providing AJ wins and Fury wins they will fight first, but then they will have to fight him,” promoter Frank Warren told BT Sport.

Undefeated Fury takes on American Wilder for the third time, having won and drawn in the previous two encounters, at the T-Mobile Arena on October 9th (Match betting – Fury 2/7, draw 25/1, Wilder 5/2).

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