Joe Joyce’s field of dreams is still in North London, but further round the North Circular at the Emirates Stadium, home of his footballing favourites Arsenal FC.
With Joshua/Usyk now official, Joyce has been confirmed as the first WBO mandatory challenger for the winner.
Joyce would love to lure whoever emerges as WBO champion to N7 to unleash his own Arsenal on the champion.
“That would be a great one for the history books and there is a first time for everything,” said the heavyweight force.
“The Emirates is an amazing stadium, so I am looking forward to it happening hopefully.”
“I actually started off in East London and was born in Mile End. I lived with both my parents in Bethnal Green before they split up and my mum moved to Hackney, then Leytonstone, before we went south to Putney when I was six.”
“I got to go to Highbury sometimes when one of my uncles took me because my dad wasn’t into football much so I didn’t get the chance to follow as closely as I would have liked.”
“The first game I watched – I can’t remember how old I was, but I was pretty young at the time – was an Arsenal-Liverpool game in the era of Ian Wright and David Seaman.”
“I have always been an Arsenal fan since school and soon I am getting to do a fishing show soon with my childhood heroes Wright and Seaman.”