Joe Joyce, Another Nigerian Born Boxing Knockout Nightmare


*KOed Takam, His Camerounian Opponent


*Now A Mandatory Challenger to Compatriot, AJ or Usyk

Ernest Omoarelojie with Agency Reports


He was born, 36 years ago, to a Scottish-Irish father and a mother of Nigerian descent. He grew up in London and studied at Elliott School, Putney, having taken up early, the family’s education-is-everything challenge. However, he took to boxing, having been forced to drop his interest in track and field following serial injury woes at the age of 22.
His name is Joseph Obey Joyce, also known as the juggernaut, a pro boxer of no mean repute, having wrapped up under his belt a number of prestigious titles on his way to becoming the World Boxing Organization’s topmost contender to whoever, between compatriot Anthony Joshua and Serbian Oleksandr Usyk, grabs the WBO heavyweight unification diadem in September. Clearly, with Joyce hovering like a shadow in wait, there is no doubt that whoever emerges is sure to keep looking over his shoulders for him.
The reasons are not far to seek. Joyce has never lost a fight and most of his fight ended in the first three rounds leading both ESPN and Transnational Boxing Rankings Board to rank him as the world’s eighth best active heavyweight.
On Saturday, July 24, Joyce proved that every victory he’s notched up is no fluke as took on former World title challenger, Cameron’s Carlos Takam while insisting, during pre-flight interview, that his target is either compatriot Anthony Joshua or Oleksandr Usyk.
“What I want is AJ or Oleksandr Usyk.”
In the heavyweight fight at the Wembley Arena, UK, the undefeated Nigerian British boxer stopped his Cameroonian counterpart in round four to earn for himself another victory in his knockout reservoir which turned out to be a sixth career loss for Takam.
Joyce began his professional carrier journey in July 2017, aged 31. Since then, he is yet to either look back or taste the bitter bile that comes with defeat. Instead, he’s wrapped up one win after another in a style that differentiate him from the pack-almost all of them ending the way he wants-Knock Out.
Joyce’s first came while headlining the card on his debut at London’s O2 Arena. It was a chance against old fox and former WBO Asia Pacific champion, Ian Lewis, who paraded an intimidating 12-3, 8 KOs. But he was no match for the Joyce currently ranked as having 92 per cent of his wins, no losses, secured via knockout. The outcome against Lewis was summed “an impressive display” in a hard earned victory for Joyce, who is reputed for having enduring resilience and punching power.
In December 17, 2017, Joyce took on Tom Little, the British boxer with a 10-4, 3KOs, as undercard in the Tony Bellew vs. David Haye II bout. Though the event was shifted to 5 May 2018, the outcome wasn’t shifted as Joyce easily had his way.
Croatian boxer Rudolf Jozic, 4-1, 3 KOs became the next on Joyce’s card in a duel scheduled for O2 Arena in the Lawrence Okolie vs Isaac Chamberlain fight. While on it, Chisora announced he would square up with Joyce on the Tony Bellew vs. David Haye II bout if the price was right even though he alleged Joyce’s manager had offered £60,000 for same. However, Joyce went on to KO Jozic in the first round.
At the the O2 Arena, on 17 March 2021, Joyce squared up against Donnie Palmer whom he knocked out inside the first minute of round one. But a week later, Chisora called out to Joyce, who he labeled, “Chihuahua” and said,
“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,” he said.
Haye turned him down, explaining,
“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.”
Chisora ended the debate by asking Haye never to call him again.
Joyce’s next task was his Commonwealth Heavyweight title bout against Jamaican boxer, Lenroy Thomas, with a 22-4-1, 10 KOs. Joyce dismissed Thomas in the second round having earlier inflicted two knockdown on the hapless looking Jamaican. He then went after the British Heavyweight title which he won and broke a 106 year-old record in the process.
Joyce’s next fight was announced on 21 May. It was one in which he would make the first defense of his Commonwealth title on 15 June against Ghana’s Richard Lartey. But Lartey was replaced a day before the fight, by Croatian journeyman, Ivica Bacurin who he dismissed like others before him within two minutes.
There were talks about Joyce squaring up against British champion, Hughie Fury but on 18 June, Joyce announced he was keen on fighting American heavyweight Bryant Jennings. 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. None happened however.
But on 24 July 2018, Joyce began a one month trial with world-renowned trainer Abel Sanchez after which they struck a full time deal. A week later, he signed a deal with influential American advisor Al Haymon upon which his US debut before the end of 2018 was secured, more or less. It was announced on 4 September that Joyce would fight Iago Kiladze in an 8-round bout on September 30 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in California. He kept his unbeaten run alive having secured a fifth round knockout win over Kiladze whom he knocked down three times in in rounds 2, 3 and 5. Thereafter, former world title challenger, Gerald Washington, was listed as his next possible opponent in a fight likely to feature on the Deontay Wilder/Tyson Fury fight. However, it was returning American boxer, Joe Hanks, he fought under the card and Joyce had no difficulty kicking Hanks’ arse in 2 minutes, 25 seconds of the first round to land the vacant WBA Continental heavyweight title.
Successively, Joyce lined up former world titleholder Bermane Stiverne, knocked out in round six, Alexander Ustinov, TKO in round 3, Bryant Jennings, unanimous 118-109, 117-110 and 115-112 point decision, Michael Wallisch, TKO, round 3 and Daniel Dubois, TKO 10, after which he declared his readiness for the big league.
“I’m ready for the WBO’s No1 ranked heavyweight, Oleksandr Usyk. Daniel has got some power but I’ve felt power like that before. With my experience I’ve learnt to ride them.”
Clearly, there is hardly any doubt that Joyce is ready for the big league.

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