Joe Joyce (boxer)

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Joe Joyce
Joe Joyce Rio 2016.jpg
Real name Joseph Joyce
Nickname(s) Juggernaut
Weight(s) Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Reach 78 in (198 cm)
Nationality British
Born (1985-09-19) 19 September 1985 (age 32)
London, England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 5
Wins 5
Wins by KO 5
Losses 0

Joseph Joyce (born 19 September 1985) is a British professional boxer.[1][2] He has held the Commonwealth heavyweight title since May 2018.

Early life[edit]

Born to a Scots-born Irish father and a mother of Nigerian ancestry, Joyce grew up in London and studied at Elliott School, based in Putney.[3][4] He took up boxing at the age of 22, injuries having curtailed his interest in track and field athletics, and joined Earlsfield ABC, based in Earlsfield, London.[3]

Amateur career[edit]

He competed in the men's super heavyweight division at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where he won the gold medal.[1] He also won the title at the 2015 European Games in Baku.[5]

Joyce won the super heavyweight class at the 2012 ABA Championships and 2012 GB Amateur Boxing Championships. He won the bronze in his class at the 2013 European Amateur Boxing Championships after getting KOd by defending Russian champion Sergei Kuzmin in the semifinal.[6] At the 2013 AIBA World Boxing Championships he was KOd again, this time by unsung Algerian Hamza Beguerni.[7]

He had success during 2015 and 2016 in the World Series of Boxing, and in April 2016 won a gold medal at the European Olympic trials to qualify for the Olympics.[8][9] On 21 August 2016 Joyce won the silver medal in the super heavyweight class at the 2016 Summer Olympics, losing in the final, on a split decision to Tony Yoka of France.[10] It was the final medal won by Team GB at the Olympics.[10]

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Joyce turned professional in July 2017 at the age of 32, signing with Hayemaker Ringstar.[11] On 6 September 2017, an official announcement was made for the first boxing event which would take place at Indigo, The O2 arena in London on 20 October 2017. Haye confirmed that Joyce would headline the card, making his debut against experienced former WBO Inter-Continental champion Ian Lewison (12-3, 8 KOs).[12] Joyce put on an impressive display in a hard earned victory.[13][14][15] Promoter David Haye spoke to Metro after the bout stating he offered British heavyweight champion Sam Sexton a career-high payday to fight Joyce next, but hadn't heard anything back. He also offered David Allen a fight, who turned it down to rematch Lenroy Thomas. Haye hoped to get Joyce back in action on the undercard of his rematch with Tony Bellew in December 2017.[16] On 2 November, Joyce confirmed that he would fight on the Bellew-Haye II undercard on 17 December.[17] Two days later, British boxer Tom Little (10-4, 3 KOs) was announced as his opponent.[18] The event was rescheduled to 5 May 2018. On 30 January 2018, Hayemaker Ringstar announced that Joyce would make his next appearance at the York Hall in London on 16 February against 25 year old Croatian boxer Rudolf Jozic (4-1, 3 KOs).[19] On 3 February, whilst backstage at the O2 Arena in London for Lawrence Okolie vs. Isaac Chamberlain, Dereck Chisora met with Haye and Joyce, where Chisora revealed Haye had contacted his manager Steve Goodwin and offered £60,000 for him to fight Joyce. Chisora later stated if the money was right, he would fight Joyce on the Tony Bellew vs. David Haye II card on 5 May 2018.[20] Joyce knocked out Jozic in the first round after landing a right hand to the head towards the end of the round. When the result was announced, the timekeeper included the 10-count, announcing the time of stoppage as 3 minutes and 6 seconds. After the fight, Haye stated a new six-figure offer would be presented to Chisora, which would see him earn around the same purse he received in his loss to Agit Kabayel.[21][22] On 1 March, speaking ahead of his next fight at the York Hall on 17 March against Donnie Palmer, Joyce stated that Chisora had rejected the offer to fight him.[23] Joyce knocked Palmer out inside the first minute of round one at the O2 Arena.[24] On 24 March, after Chisora knocked out his French opponent Zakaria Azzouzi and then called Joyce and Haye over during his post fight interview with Sky Sports. Prior to calling them over, Chisora referred to Joyce as a Chihuahua. Chisora first asked Haye if he had confidence in Jocye and then stated, “In front of the British public on live television, I’ll make a deal with you right now: if he (Joyce) beats me you write me a cheque of £1, if I beat him you give me your purse against Tony (Bellew) and your TV rights.” Haye rejected the offer. Chisora then told Haye to not mention his name again. Haye told Sky Sports, “We offered him the same money he got for (Kubrat) Pulev, more money than he got for the European title, but you said no. Okay, we understand.”[25][26][27]

Domestic success[edit]

On 16 April 2018, it was announced a deal was in place for Joyce to challenge for the Commonwealth heavyweight title against Jamaican boxer Lenroy Thomas (22-4-1, 10 KOs).[28] Two days later, Sky Sports officially announced the fight for 5 May.[29] Joyce entered the ring wearing a sombrero. He knocked Thomas down three times before the fight came to an end in round 2. Two knockdowns came from body shots and the final knockdown came from a left hook to the head.. After the fight, Joyce stated he would like to challenge for the British heavyweight title. By winning the belt in just his fourth professional bout, Joyce broke a 106-year record.[30][31]

On 21 May, it was announced that Joyce would make a first defence of his Commonwealth title on 15 June at the York Hall in London, live and exclusive on Dave.[32] On 8 June, Ghanaian boxer Richard Lartey (12-1, 9 KOs) was confirmed as Joyce's opponent.[33] A day before the fight, Lartey was replaced by Croatian journeyman Ivica Bacurin (29-13-1, 18 KOs).[34] In a non-title fight, Joyce knocked Bacurin out in less than two minutes. After the fight, there was talks around a potential fight with British champion Hughie Fury.[35][36] On 18 June, Joyce said he was open to fighting American heavyweight Bryant Jennings (23-2, 13 KOs) on 18 August 2018 in New Jersey. Jennings was initially in talks to fight former WBO champion Joseph Parker on the same date, however Parker opted to fight Dillian Whyte on 28 July.[37]

After Kell Brook suffered an ankle injury and ruled himself out of the Whyte-Parker PPV card, there was rumours that Joyce would fight domestic rival Nick Webb on the undercard.[38] Joyce quickly denied the reports and stated he had no intention in fighting in July. He also stated he had parted ways with trainer Ismail Salas after Salas had announced himself semi-retired and moved to Doha, Qatar.[39] On 24 July, Joyce started a one month trial with world-renowned trainer Abel Sanchez.[40] Seven days later Joyce and Sanchez reached a deal to team up full time.[41][42] On 15 August, Joyce signed a deal with powerful American advisor Al Haymon. It was said that Joyce would make his US debut before the end of 2018.[43]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
5 fights 5 wins 0 losses
By knockout 5 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
5 Win 5–0 Croatia Ivica Bacurin KO 1 (10), 1:54 15 Jun 2018 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
4 Win 4–0 Jamaica Lenroy Thomas TKO 2 (12), 2:36 5 May 2018 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Won Commonwealth heavyweight title
3 Win 3–0 United States Donnie Palmer TKO 1 (8), 0:38 17 Mar 2018 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
2 Win 2–0 Croatia Rudolf Jozic KO 1 (8), 3:00 16 Feb 2018 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
1 Win 1–0 United Kingdom Ian Lewison TKO 8 (10), 2:35 20 Oct 2017 United Kingdom indigo at The O2, London, England Professional debut

Art career[edit]

Outside the ring, he is a proficient artist, having graduated with a 2:1 degree in fine arts from Middlesex University.[3] In 2017, Joyce has displays with the Art of the Olympians.


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  2. ^ "Joe Joyce eager to follow in footsteps of Lennox Lewis and grab Commonwealth glory". Daily Star. 2 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Hubbard, Alan (2015) "Joe Joyce: Portrait of the artist as an Olympic boxer", The Independent, 28 March 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2016
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  5. ^ "1.European Games — Baku, Azerbaijan — June 16-27 2015". Retrieved 2016-08-21. 
  6. ^ "40.European Championships — Minsk, Belarus — June 1-8 2013". Retrieved 2016-08-21. 
  7. ^ "17.World Championships — Almaty, Kazakhstan — October 14-26 2013". Retrieved 2016-08-21. 
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  9. ^ "Olympic boxing: Joe Joyce qualifies for Rio 2016 with gold medal", BBC, 17 April 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2016
  10. ^ a b "Rio Olympics 2016: Joe Joyce misses out on super-heavyweight gold as he loses final". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  11. ^ Ringstar, Hayemaker. "David Haye confirms Dave deal, signs Joe Joyce, Qais Ashfaq, Willy Hutchinson and Michael Page". WBN - World Boxing News. Retrieved 2017-07-12. 
  12. ^ "Hayemaker Ringstar announces inaugural fight » Boxing News". Boxing News 24. 2017-09-06. Retrieved 2017-09-06. 
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  14. ^ "Joe Joyce stops Ian Lewison on professional debut". BBC Sport. 2017-10-21. Retrieved 2017-10-21. 
  15. ^ "Joyce stops Lewison in professional debut". Retrieved 2017-10-21. 
  16. ^ "David Haye Wants Joe Joyce vs. Sam Sexton For British Title Next - Boxing News". Retrieved 2017-10-21. 
  17. ^ "Joe Joyce To Return on Haye vs. Bellew 2 Undercard - Boxing News". Retrieved 2017-11-02. 
  18. ^ "Joe Joyce faces a Little challenge on David Haye-Tony Bellew undercard – South London News". Retrieved 2017-11-04. 
  19. ^ "Joe Joyce vs. Rudolf Jozic on February 16th at York Hall". Retrieved 2018-02-16. 
  20. ^ "Chisora Returns Next Month; Could Face Joyce on Bellew-Haye II". Retrieved 2018-02-06. 
  21. ^ "Joe Joyce Demolishes Rudolf Jozic in One Round". Retrieved 2018-02-17. 
  22. ^ "Joyce jolts Jozic, targets Chisora". 2018-02-16. Retrieved 2018-02-17. 
  23. ^ "Joe Joyce: Chisora Was Offered Good Money, Rejected Fight". Retrieved 2018-03-03. 
  24. ^ Dennen, John (2018) "Joe Joyce makes quick work of Donnie Palmer", Boxing News, 18 March 2018. Retrieved 18 March 2018
  25. ^ "Whyte vs Browne: Dereck Chisora goads David Haye after knockout win". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2018-03-26. 
  26. ^ "Photos: Chisora Drills Azzouzi - Gets Tense With Haye and Joyce". Retrieved 2018-03-26. 
  27. ^ "Chisora Dares David Haye To Stake Big Money on Joe Joyce Fight". Retrieved 2018-03-26. 
  28. ^ "Joe Joyce vs. Lenroy Thomas Looms, May 5 At O2 Arena". Retrieved 2018-04-18. 
  29. ^ "Bellew vs Haye 2: Lenroy Thomas defends Commonwealth heavyweight title against Joe Joyce at The O2". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2018-04-18. 
  30. ^ "Joe Joyce Blasts Out Lenroy Thomas in Two Rounds". Retrieved 2018-05-07. 
  31. ^ "Bellew vs Haye 2: Joe Joyce stopped Lenroy Thomas to win the Commonwealth title". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2018-05-07. 
  32. ^ "Joe Joyce To Return on June 15 at York Hall". Retrieved 2018-05-21. 
  33. ^ Lartey, Joyce v. "Joe Joyce opponent confirmed for June 15, undercard announced for Dave TV return". WBN - World Boxing News. Retrieved 2018-06-20. 
  34. ^ "Joe Joyce vs. Ivica Bacurin is Now Set, Richard Lartey is Out". Retrieved 2018-06-20. 
  35. ^ "Joe Joyce Demolishes Ivica Bacurin in One Round". Retrieved 2018-06-20. 
  36. ^ "Joe Joyce stops Ivica Bacurin in round one to retain Commonwealth heavyweight title". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2018-06-20. 
  37. ^ "Joe Joyce Willing To Face Bryant Jennings Next". Retrieved 2018-06-20. 
  38. ^ "Nick Webb lands Commonwealth title shot at champion Joe Joyce | British Boxing News". Retrieved 2018-07-17. 
  39. ^ Jay, Phil. "Joe Joyce joins Chris Eubank Jr. in RULING OUT Whyte v Parker bill, announces trainer split". WBN - World Boxing News. Retrieved 2018-07-17. 
  40. ^ "Joe Joyce begins trial with GGG trainer Abel Sanchez today | British Boxing News". Retrieved 2018-07-24. 
  41. ^ "Joe Joyce and new trainer Abel Sanchez outline their vision". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2018-07-31. 
  42. ^ "Joe Joyce and Abel Sanchez exclusive on their first heavyweight sessions together". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2018-07-31. 
  43. ^ WBN. "British heavyweight contender Joe Joyce teams up with Al Haymon, US debut imminent". WBN - World Boxing News. Retrieved 2018-08-15. 

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Sporting positions
Amateur boxing titles
Anthony Joshua
ABA super-heavyweight champion
Anthony Richardson
Regional boxing titles
Preceded by
Lenroy Thomas
Commonwealth heavyweight champion
5 May 2018 – present