Joe Joyce wants to face a big name in third professional fight

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Olympic silver medalist Joe Joyce is targeting an all-British bout with Dereck Chisora, in just his third bout as a professional.

At the age of 32, Joyce is a late newcomer to the sport having turned professional after the Rio Olympics in 2016, where he was denied a gold medal in controversial circumstances in the final, succumbing to a narrow defeat to Frenchman Tony Yoka.

Joyce is aiming for a rematch with Yoka in future, but is keen to make a fight happen with fellow Brit, and former world heavyweight challenger, Chisora, according to World Boxing News.

An offer has reportedly been put on the table by Joyce and his representatives to Chisora over a possible bout which could be scheduled for the spring, if all can be fully agreed.

Although it's important to stress that the report also claims Chisora currently has no interest in facing the Olympian.

But as boxing fans are all too aware, playing hard to get is a tactic all too frequently used in order to secure a better deal.

Joyce beat Ian Lewison back in October on his professional debut but is already looking for a step up in the calibre of opponent as he mounts his ascent on the heavyweight division.

Boxing at The O2

Should his fight with Chisora come to fruition over the course of the next few months, it is expected Joyce will face someone else in March before possibly meeting 'Del Boy' on the undercard of either the Matty Askin vs Stephen Simmons clash or the Tony Bellew vs David Haye rematch in May.

Chisora, 34, has endured a frustrating couple of years. He has had a six-fight, win/lose streak of results heading into a possible fight with Joyce.

In his last fight, a European Title Challenge match-up, Chisora failed to get the better of an unfancied German Agit Kabayel.

Boxing at Manchester Arena

With Chisora's current stance, Joyce could be forced to look elsewhere in a bid to land his first world-renowned opponent.

Meanwhile, Londoner Joyce also had plans to face fellow up and coming prospect Daniel Dubois but feels that Dubois "doesn't really want it."

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