Having won the commonwealth heavyweight championship in emphatic style on last weekend's Tony Bellew vs David Haye undercard, Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce looks intent upon making a rapid ascent up the division's rankings - as his latest call out proves.
The 32-year-old joined the professional ranks in July last year following a stellar amateur career, signing with David Haye-backed Hayemaker Ringstar promotions.
In the months since, "The Juggernaut" has raced to a 4-0 record, with all of his victories coming inside the scheduled distance.
A clash with former world title challenger Dereck Chisora had been mooted for last weekend's card before negotiations broke down.
However, Joyce's team were able to secure him a shot at commonwealth champion Lenroy Thomas - who Joyce blitzed inside two rounds to lift the championship.
Joyce seems in no mood to rest on his laurels, though, as the Londoner took to Twitter on Thursday to challenge current WBC number one ranked heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte (23-1, 17 KOs), per boxingnews24.com.
"@DillianWhyte In your own words, “LET’S GO BABY, LET’S GO!!!” Make the call #THEJUGGERNAUT," tweeted Joyce - in response to a Sky Sports interview in which Whyte had claimed he would "destroy" him should the pair ever meet in the ring.
In the same piece, Whyte also questioned why Joyce had remained amateur so long if he was confident in his skills.
Whyte has endured a frustrating few weeks since his sixth round stoppage of Lucas Browne back in March.
Following that fight, Whyte had expected to land a shot at current WBC heavyweight king Deontay Wilder. However, with both Anthony Joshua and American contender Dominic Breazeale now seemingly ahead of him in the queue for the Alabama-native, Whyte looks set to have to look elsewhere.
Although a fight with the inexperienced Joyce would appear a risky proposition for Whyte given his lofty ranking with the sport's governing bodies, the gamble may well be worthwhile.
The 30-year-old has struggled to find credible opponents willing to face him in recent times and an all-British clash with Joyce would surely capture the imagination of the country's boxing public.
The proposed fight also has a big upside for Joyce. Victory over an established name such as Whyte would immediately catapult his career - something which would be beneficial given his late entry to the professional ranks, whereas even a defeat would not spell the end of his career given that it would be only his fifth fight.News Now - Sport News