Exclusive: ‘He’ll have to live and learn!’ – Lewison on Joyce accepting tough debut test

Joe Hewlett 08/09/2017


Joe Joyce’s first opponent in the professional ranks will be veteran heavyweight Ian Lewison (12-3-1) on October 20 at the O2 Indigo Arena in London.

The decision by Hayemaker Ringstar to field Joyce, a silver-medallist from the 2016 Olympics, against the calibre of Lewison surprised many – considering it will be his debut as a professional.

‘Lay Em Out’ Lewison believes the fight has come too soon for the Londoner and expects to exploit his inexperience.

“This is where the expression comes from, youth is wasted on the young. He’s going to make his mistakes and acknowledge his mistakes after October 20. You know what, it’s one of those things, you live and you learn,” he exclusively World Boxing News.

“It’s an opportunity I am relishing and he’s fought on big shows himself, he fought at the final of the Olympics so in terms of exposure and opportunities we’re kinda even on that.

“In terms of professional experience, I have that over him but weighing up the opportunities we both have, it’s big because as it stands we’re both good opponents and the chance of us landing on our a*** is both there,” he added.

Lewison, a former British title contender, was informed about the fight 11-weeks before the fight, giving him the longest time to prepare for fight in what he can remember.

He shared his delight about the outcome, though he insisted he knows little about his opponent despite the ‘Juggernaut’ having a highly impressive amateur pedigree.

“I’ve got adequate training so it’s going to be a good campaign for myself. It’s a big platform for me to fight on so there are no faults; it’s a big opportunity for me.

“I don’t watch boxing, I’ve watched nothing of him, and all I know is what people have told me about him.

“Part of my trainer’s job is to research my opponents so he’s told me his strengths and what he believes are Joe’s strengths and weaknesses so we’ve been working off that,” he added.

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