New opponent for Joe Joyce as Ivica Bacurin replaces Richard Lartey

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Joe Joyce will now face Croatian Ivica Bacurin this Friday following the late withdrawal of Ghanaian Richard Lartey.

'The Juggernaut' and Bacurin successfully made weight on Thursday and will now trade blows at York Hall in London.

Joyce is relishing the challenge and says he is looking forwarding to comparing his firepower to Bacurin's and extinguishing whatever his opponent brings to the ring.

"Four stoppages in four fights and the Commonwealth title is already ticked off," said Joyce.

"I’ll be going all out to make Bacurin number five and tear it up going forward.

"I haven’t even be a pro for a year yet, I’m thrilled with my progress so far and there is so much more to come from me, it’s frightening when I think about what I’m going to be doing in the heavyweight division," he added.

Joyce v Bacurin headlines a fantastic fight card that features an array of talent and in the chief supporting contest, Sam Smith and Anisha Basheel clash for the Vacant Commonwealth Female Lightweight title; MMA superstar Michael “Venom” Page, fresh off his Bellator victory last month, returns to the boxing ring and faces Michael Ciash over four rounds at light-heavyweight.

Female fighting sensation Savannah Marshall, Britain’s first ever female World Amateur Champion, features in a six-round super-middleweight contest; the incredible and inspirational Ruqsana Begum faces Ivanka Ivanova in a rematch after their contest ended in a draw in March and collide over four rounds at super-flyweight.

Red-hot unbeaten Welsh super-middleweight Kody Davies will face Eric Mokonzo over four-rounds

Completing the card will be Richmond super-middleweight Chris Davies, the exciting pro-debut of heavyweight George Fox, son of renowned trainer Don Charles; Hitchin super-welterweight Tom Ansall, Luton super-welterweight Linus Udofia, Hayes featherweight Fuad Huseen and Rochester super-featherweight Brandon Ball.

WEIGHTS:

Here are the results from today’s official weigh-in ahead of tomorrow night’s Hayemaker Ringstar event at the York Hall, Bethnal Green.

Joe Joyce - 17st 13lbs

Ivica Bacurin - 14st 10lbs

Michael Page - 12st 9lbs 7oz

Michal Ciach - 12st 10lbs 7oz

Kody Davies - 12st 3lbs

Eric Mokonzo - 12st 3lbs 2oz

Ruqsana Begum - 8st 1lb

Danielle Hodges - 7st 10lbs

Linus Udofia - 11st 9lbs 8oz

Eric Nwankwo - 11st 10lbs 5oz

Sam Smith - 9st 7lbs 3oz

Anisha Basheel - 9st 8lbs 1oz

Savannah Marshall - 11st 11lbs

Alejandra Ayala - 11st 10lbs 1oz

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Hayemaker Ringstar Fight Night airs live and exclusive on free-to-air Dave from 9pm.