Joe Joyce won the hearts of a nation after his glorious performance at the Olympics in Rio. However, it was heartbreak for the Londoner after controversially losing to Tony Yoka in the super-heavyweight final.
Since winning silver, Joyce took a break from boxing and rested whilst on holiday, but he has now insisted he’s back in full flow.
“I’ve just got back from training in America with the team GB squad. We were based in Colorado and it was good. I feel super fit and strong and am ready for the year ahead. I’m looking to go professional this year after my contract ends with GB which is in March,” Joyce exclusively told World Boxing News this week.
“I have been in talks with a lot of promoters, so it’s exciting times ahead. I took a break after the Olympics and went on holiday to chill out but looking back at Brazil, it was an incredible experience.
“We spent time in the north of Brazil and the weather was fantastic. It was great to get so far but disappointing to lose in the final when I thought I had won. It’s a shame about not winning that gold medal I wanted,” he added.
One of his big supporters is fellow friend and current UK superstar Antony Joshua. In 2012 he experienced the same as attention Joyce received with promoters from all over the UK attempting to sign him.
The silver-medallist often see him around his local gym and admits he is always seeking advice from the world champion.
“Of course I want to find out as much as I can so when I see him in the gym it’s great to speak to him. He’s just an all-round great guy and is a good friend of mine.
“He has done great since turning pro and I hope to emulate him. When I speak to him I talk to him more about things in the ring than anything else, he said.
“I hope to have some news about my future soon, so to the boxing fans, I just want to say – watch this space.”
And please do, the Olympian means business and he isn’t messing around.
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95