Exclusive: David Haye outlines reasons behind tough Ian Lewison debut for Joe Joyce

Joe Hewlett 08/09/2017

British boxing legend David Haye has forged a strong allegiance with former Golden Boy CEO mogul Richard Schaefer.

The duo will broadcast their first show since creating the company featuring on October 20 with TV channel Dave staging the event in the UK.

The headlining contest involves veteran heavyweight Ian Lewison and Olympic silver-medallist Joe Joyce, whom makes his professional debut under the Hayemaker banner.

Haye believes Joyce has the potential to become one of the most exciting prospects in Britain and expects him to prevail in his tough contest against the experienced fellow Londoner.

“It’s important to get off with a bang and putting Joe Joyce in the ring with Ian Lewison, someone who I’ve known for many years. He’s a tough guy, I’ve sparred with him many times and never took him down so he’s a great fighter,” Haye exclusively told World Boxing News.

“It may be 10 rounds, but the longer the fight goes, the better Joe’s chances are. He’s the type of fighter who builds momentum and Ian will pick up that real quick.

“Joyce is a forced to be reckoned with,” he bragged.

Asked upon the decision to position the ‘Juggernaut’ in such a competitive fight in his opening bout, the former two-weight world king was quick to dismiss the dangers that possesses Joyce.

He said: “I don’t believe it’s dangerous – Not for Joe, he’s not fought at professional yet but he’s had so many fights in World Series Boxing which is where he gets paid for boxing.

“Amateurs don’t get paid. He’s done this thing in-between where he’s fighting world class guys who have been in the Olympics for five rounds and over the five rounds he got better.

“He does way more than fighters do in twelve rounds in training, for me he’s got everything needed. It’s all good me talking but make sure you tune in on October 20 to see exactly what I’m talking about because a lot of people think I’ve put him in the ring with somebody too soon but I don’t think so.

“This fight is really going to highlight his attributes,” he concluded.

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