Joe Joyce is to be awarded Olympic gold five years after losing to Tony Yoka at Rio 2016

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Joe Joyce to get Olympic gold five years after losing to Tony Yoka at Rio 2016

Britain’s Joe Joyce is set to be upgraded to an Olympic gold medal five years after his controversial defeat to Tony Yoka at Rio 2016, reports say. 

Yoka beat Joyce to gold in Rio, Brazil FIVE years ago but the result is ‘likely’ to be overturned after an investigation into allegations of widespread corruption in the judging of fights and the appointment of referees and judges, according to The Daily Mail.  

The results of the findings are due to be published later today, per the report.

Joyce struck gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and competed at the 2015 World Championships where he won the bronze medal before being controversially denied by the judges in the final of the men’s super-heavyweight boxing in Rio. 

However, the 36-year-old refused to let the result weigh him down, and turned professional a year later at the age of 31, signing with David Haye‘s now-defunct Hayemaker Ringstar promotions in 2017. 

Joyce also spoke earlier this year about how he expects to meet Yoka again at some point in the future, referencing his 12-month ban for missing three drug tests between July 2016 and July 2017.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT earlier this year, Joyce said: “He had his two-year ban, but he did look quite good in his last fight, he looked strong.

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“I don’t think he’s quite earned his place to fight me yet.

“He needs a few more fights yet and hopefully by then I’ll be world champion and maybe I’ll give him a defence.”

Joe Joyce in action against Carlos Takam

Yoka has also voiced a strong desire to run it back with ‘The Juggernaut’.

“We wanted to fight Joe Joyce earlier this year,” Yoka told BoxingScene.com.

“His promoter [Frank Warren] called us but they decided to fight Takam instead.

“So, we will see. That’s a fight I want. I think I’m ready for it.”

“We plan to fight again in December. Maybe in USA, maybe in France. We are still working on it. When we come out in 2022, we want a big name like Joyce.

“It’s good to build it up,” he added.

“I beat him in the amateur, in the Olympics.

“I heard and read some fans claiming he won that fight, that he was robbed, blah, blah blah.

“So you know what? Let’s make it clear: I definitely know that we are not going to let it go to [the scorecards].”

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