Joe Joyce’s professional debut couldn’t have gone much better.
Joyce secured a debut knockout victory against the experienced Ian Lewison and the Rio Olympics silver-medallist is already being lined up for a shot at the British heavyweight title after just a single pro fight.
That is mainly down to his promoter - David Haye - who didn’t hesitate in talking up Joyce after his win.
“I want him in for the British title. I’m that confident” said Haye after seeing Joyce dismantle Lewison, a former WBO Inter-Continental champion.
“We’ve offered Sam Sexton to fight Joe for the British title next. I’ve offered him a career-high payday. Haven’t heard back from him yet. We offered Dave Allen the chance to fight here tonight, but he turned it down for the rematch [with Lenroy Thomas].”
And while Haye seems to be doing a good job as Joyce’s promoter, it seems he’s also taken on the role of trainer as well.
That’s because he could be heard shouting ringside during the bout.
But what was he saying?
What Haye was shouting
Well, Joyce revealed just that afterward.
"I wasn’t looking at the rounds, but I did think it could go ten rounds because he wasn’t budging," Joyce said after the fight.
"I was listening to instructions, I heard David actually. He was shouting work on the jab, different shots – I did (take the advice) but I couldn’t throw the bolo because it would straighten my arm."
Joyce’s style appeared noticeably different in his first professional fight than during his amateur days and that may have been down to an arm injury.
"Quite early on," said Joyce when asked when he hurt his arm. "I had been feeling it before the fight. My arm."
With Haye behind him, the 32-year-old will be hoping he can continue from this promising start to life in the professional game.
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