Exclusive: Olympic silver medalist Joe Joyce talks Haye v Bellew, Joshua v Klitschko

Joe Hewlett 16/02/2017

GB Boxing

Boxing sensation Joe Joyce has voiced his opinion on upcoming British showdowns on Sky Sports PPV. The next two cards include a pair of Matchroom fighters in Anthony Joshua and Tony Bellew.

On March 4, it will be David Haye versus Tony Bellew. The build-up has captured the public’s imagination with the 02-Arena selling out in less than a minute. The build-up has involved punches thrown, a heated head to head on ‘the gloves are off,’ and box-office trash talk.

“It’s an interesting fight. Anything could happen in this fight, it’s unpredictable. On one hand, you have Tony Bellew who has been involved in some good fights of recent and has done brilliant – he’s a world champion so he must be taken seriously,” Joyce exclusively told World Boxing News.

“But he’s moving up a weight and is not a heavyweight so size may be a problem in this fight as David has fought at heavyweight for some time now. With David, he has great speed with his hands and can knock anyone out. He is strong and has big punching power.

“The only problem is ring-rust. He hasn’t been very active over recent years but I think the fight could be dangerous for Bellew. It may be a little bit like the Brook-GGG fight where Brook had to be pulled out,” he said.

Friend and fellow gym team-mate Anthony Joshua will be fighting future hall-of-famer Wladimir Klitschko in a unification clash.

The blockbuster will take place in front of some 90,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium on April 29.

“The great thing about the fight between AJ and Klitschko is that they know each other very well. They have both sparred each other before, it may have been a few years ago, but both will respect each other’s skills having shared a ring with each other in training.

“Joshua is the younger and fresher boxer but Wladimir is the experienced fighter so it really could go either way. They are both strong guys so I expect it to be a technical fight which could go the full 12-rounds. But we have all seen what happens once AJ is on his game, and if he hits Klitschko cleanly then it could all be over at any point,” Joyce added.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95