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JOE JOYCE survived a close shave with Christian Hammer last night and can now try cutting down Anthony Joshua.

The 36-year-old Putney Juggernaut sparked a war of words with his former Team GB training buddy in the build-up to the fourth-round KO of the tough German.

4Joe Joyce celebrates victory over Christian HammerCredit: Getty 4Joyce punchesHammer during the WBC Silver Silver and WBO International Heavyweight fight at OVO Arena WembleyCredit: Getty

A few days before Joyce went to Wembley arena to collapse the Hamburg 34-year-old, after a couple of early scares, AJ mocked him for advertising an electric shaver especially designed for male privates.

And the fine art graduate - who expects Oleksandr Usyk to win the August 20 rematch with AJ, leaving the London 2012 Olympic icon looking for a comeback bout - now wants the scalp of his prickly dream opponent.

The 6ft 6in Brit nailed Hammer with a selection of head and body blows at the start of the opener.

But Hammer tested the Englishman’s famously firm whiskers with a hat-trick of piledrivers that frightened the London crowd.

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Three looping flush right hands knocked all the spit and snot out of Joyce’s nose and mouth but the granite-chinned hulk walked through the assault.

Hammer kept swinging again in the second and landed a worrying amount of clean digs again but Joyce’s iron jaw refused to betray him.

Joyce got his fans on their feet in the third when the chunky German looked bratwurst for wear and he was bludgeoned to his knees right on the bell for an eight count.

Hammer was folded early in the fourth when his meaty ribs were whacked and again, with two long minutes of the stanza remaining and it was waved off when a third decking came from another torso trembler.

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Joyce, who will box again in September, roared: “He was tough and game and hit me with some big shots early on.

“I enjoyed it so much because it has been a whole year since I was last out.

“I tend to take a few early shots until I warm into the fight and get my footwork and head movement going.

“I have a big heart and engine and a good chin and I am ready for all comers.

“I want the winner of AJ vs Usyk.”

Joshua, 32, might have fired Joyce up when he replied to the jibe he is a chinny businessman as the war of words with his friend-turned-foe ramped up.

The former two-time world heavyweight king quipped: “We’re all trying to promote something and be businessmen — he’s promoting balls trimmers, I don’t.

4Joyce celebrates his fourth round knockout of HammerCredit: Reuters 4After dispatching of Hammer, Joyce called out AJ and Oleksandr UsykCredit: Reuters

"What’s good for him is not for me. I don’t cuss him for it so he needs to just focus on himself.”

“I definitely don’t have a chin like Joe Joyce and I definitely wouldn’t want to take the punches he takes either.

“But good luck to him. He’s on my hit list but all in good time, he’ll get what’s coming to him.

“I think he needs the fight because he’s older. He’s had 14 fights, I was looking at his record and it’s not much, is it? So I think he needs it.”

If Joyce does get a shot at AJ, he will have the Baddest Man on the Planet to thank.

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Joshua said: “Prize-fighting is about honouring your brothers in the sport, giving them an opportunity to make a living — that’s what the great Mike Tyson said.

“It’s what prize-fighting is about and, if I live by what my icons told me, 100 per cent I’ll give Joe a chance.”

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MAGA candidate didnt answer a single question during January 6th Committee testimony

Christian nationalist Doug Mastriano, the Republican Party’s gubernatorial nominee for Pennsylvania who was at the US Capitol on January 6 and is seen as a central figure in the plot to overturn the election, complied with a subpoena to appear before the U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack but didn’t answer any questions.

“Trump ally Doug Mastriano’s virtual appearance Tuesday before the House January 6 committee only lasted about 15 minutes,” CNN reports, adding that “‘he didn’t answer a single question,’ according to a source familiar with the matter.”

New York Times reporter Luke Broadwater confirms, adding that Mastriano is “pledging to sue the committee,” although it is unclear on what grounds.

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Mastriano is a conspiracy theorist with strong ties to far-right-wing extremists including antisemitic Gab found Andrew Torba.

CNN adds that “Mastriano’s attorney cut off the virtual appearance soon after it began, the source said. His lawyer, Tim Parlatore, took issue with several procedural matters related to the deposition, and raised questions about the legality of the subpoena that Mastriano received from the panel, the source added.”

As of May the Committee had already interviewed over 1000 people and it appears few, if any, have made these claims.

The New Yorker in May called Mastriano “a leader of the Stop the Steal campaign, and claims that he spoke to Donald Trump at least fifteen times between the 2020 election and the insurrection at the Capitol, on January 6th.”

“He urged his followers to attend the rally at the Capitol that led to the riots, saying, ‘I’m really praying that God will pour His Spirit upon Washington, D.C., like we’ve never seen before.’ Throughout this time, he has cast the fight against both lockdowns and Trump’s electoral loss as a religious battle against the forces of evil. He has come to embody a set of beliefs characterized as Christian nationalism, which center on the idea that God intended America to be a Christian nation, and which, when mingled with conspiracy theory and white nationalism, helped to fuel the insurrection.”

The founders repeatedly made clear the U.S. is not nor was created as a Christian nation.

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