There will be no holding back British heavyweight Joe Joyce in his bid for the top. The Rio Olympics silver-medallist is being lined up for a shot at the British heavyweight title after just a single pro fight.
Promoters have a reputation for wrapping their charges in cotton wool but within moments of his Joyce’s eighth-round stoppage of fellow Londoner Ian Lewison, David Haye was ready to unleash his charge on current British titleholder Sam Sexton.
“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.
And if Haye has anything to do with it, Joyce will not have long to wait. Haye has his own fight with Tony Bellew in a re-match at the O2 on December 17th and is working to have Joyce on the undercard.
Haye told Metro: “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].”
Lewison himself held the British title until a year ago. But his corner threw in the towel as their man, on the ropes and hampered by a closing right eye, barely responded to a barrage of punches from Joyce, who later revealed he had hurt his right arm before the fight.
At 32, time may not be on Joyce’s side as he seeks to follow fellow Olympic medallist Anthony Joshua to the top of the heavyweight tree.
Nevertheless, as you can see in the video below, Joyce is certainly packing some power in that right hand.
But the vast majority of Mirror readers say he is ready for the step up, with 71% tipping him to win the British title in an online poll.
Fellow Brit Daniel Dubois opted to bypass the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 to launch a pro career which has seen him win three of his five fights in the first round.
While both remain unbeaten, it only looks like it is a matter of time before the pair get linked with fighting some of the bigger names in the heavyweight division, if not each other.