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Dillian Whyte claims 'deluded' Joe Joyce has 'no defence and no power'

Dillian Whyte
Image: Dillian Whyte was unimpressed with Joe Joyce's win at the weekend

Dillian Whyte has provided a scathing assessment of Joe Joyce's ability, and threatened to "destroy" him if they got in the ring together.

Whyte was ringside last weekend to watch heavyweight rival Joyce win the Commonwealth title in only his fourth pro fight on last Saturday's undercard for Tony Bellew's rematch win over David Haye.

'The Juggernaut' ripped the belt away from Lenroy Thomas with a brutal stoppage in the second round, but Whyte was far from impressed with his performance.

"He was terrible. He's got no defence and no power," Whyte told Sky Sports.

 during the Commonwealth Heavyweight Title fight between Lenroy Thomas and Joe Joyce at The O2 Arena on May 5, 2018 in London, England.
Image: Joe Joyce stopped Lenroy Thomas to claim the Commonwealth title

"He's got a good engine and a decent boxing brain but he leads with his head. Anyone who's a clever fighter will clip him because his head, and his chin, are up. Throw a big overhand right or a left hook, and you'll do him.

"If Joyce got in the ring with me, I would destroy him."

Olympic silver-medal winner Joyce, who is promoted by Haye, told Sky Sports before his most recent win that he is "at that level" alongside Whyte.

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Dillian Whyte on Joe Joyce

"Just like David Haye, Joyce is very deluded. That's why they get on so well," Whyte added.

"He's 32, he's turned pro late. He's making noise to get some big fights.

"Why did he stay amateur for so long? Because he wasn't good enough. He waited for the good amateurs, like Anthony Joshua, to go through. He just wasn't good enough."

Dillian Whyte
Image: Dillian Whyte has been working towards a world title fight

Earlier this week, Whyte explained the cause of his latest bust-up with rival Dereck Chisora.

Whyte said: "He sends me messages saying: 'When I see you, I'll slap you'.

Whyte explains new Chisora bust-up
Whyte explains new Chisora bust-up

Dillian Whyte gives his account of what happened when he came face to face with Dereck Chisora

"So when I saw him, as he's had a lot to say on the internet, I told him: 'Let's go [backstage] and speak about it man-to-man and face-to-face'.

"He ran behind the security, shouting and screaming, making lots of noise. He wants publicity when there's cameras around but, when you get him face-to-face, he's got nothing to say."

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