has thrown down a challenge to fight in December if the versus Joshua bout does not take place. 

The hugely anticipated match-up between Fury and Joshua continues to frustrate fans, with the on and off again fight still not finalised between the two camps and broadcasters for the mooted December 3 date. 

With the fight up in the air, Joyce has taken to to thrown his hat in the ring and challenge Joshua if an agreement can’t be reached to fight Fury later this year. 

Joe Joyce wants to face Anthony Joshua if a deal can’t be agreed with Tyson Fury in December

Joyce took to Twitter to lay his challenge down earmarking a clash with Joshua for 17 December after saying it would too tight to face Fury earlier in the month 

Joyce, who became the first boxer to stop Joseph Parker when he knocked the New Zealand fighter our last weekend posted a message on his social media platform, calling out 32-year-old Joshua. 

Stating that while December 3 would be ‘tight for me’ for a match with Fury, he laid down the gauntlet for a dust-up with Joshua later in the month.  

He wrote ‘If Fury and AJ aren’t fighting then I’ll step in. December 3rd is tight for me @Tyson_Fury, but @EddieHearn you can give your new best mate @frankwarren_tv a call and I’ll take the 17th slot gacor with AJ.Easy fight to make!’ 

Negotiations are on going but it’s looking unlikely that Joshua will face Tyson Fury this year 

Tyson’s next fight could now be against Andy Ruiz Jr after he expressed an interest in a bout 

If Joshua accepted the challenge of Joyce, ruling out a meeting with Fury for good,  then the Gypsy King could turn his attention to Andy Ruiz Jr to fill the December 3 gap. 

Tyson’s father Fury recently name-checked Ruiz alongside Filip Hrgovic and Luis Ortiz as possible alternatives as he considered the possibility of his son fighting Joshua ‘doubtful’. 

The American was last in action on September 4, when he beat Ortiz and took to social media to declare his interest in a possible meeting with Tyson Fury.