Exclusive: Joe Joyce talks Ian Lewison test, backs promoter David Haye for Tony Bellew revenge

Joe Hewlett 09/09/2017


The long-awaited beginning for Joe Joyce’s adventure in the professional ranks is only six weeks away. The Londoner will make his debut at the 02 Indigo Arena against seasoned heavyweight, Ian Lewison.

Channel Dave is the proud live broadcaster for the show after agreeing a deal in owning the rights of future Hayemaker Ringstar promotional shows.

31-year-old Joyce, a silver medallist at the 2016 Games in Rio, is eager to return to the ring.

“It’s been over a year now since the Olympics so it’ll be good to lace the gloves up again and put on a show. Exciting stuff, slightly different compared to the way WSB (World Series of Boxing) is set up, you normally do the weigh-in, and you’d be boxing the next day. This was the pre-press-conference so there’s a bit of a way from the weigh-in so it’s different and exciting at the same time,” Joyce exclusively told World Boxing News.

Joyce has plenty of experience from those impressive amateur days, notching up Gold medals in the Commonwealth and European Games as well as collecting that Silver in Brazil.

The Middlesex University graduate is currently getting to grasps with the change of environment having come from the Team GB gym in Sheffield to train in London with promoter David Haye.

He admitted there is a difference in terms of the training required but believes he is in good hands with his well-respected trainer, Ismael Salas.

Joyce said: “It’s a different routine and step-up with how you go about your training. It’s not training for a sprint, with the three rounds, it’s more of an endurance race and picking up new skills with my trainer, I couldn’t wish for a better trainer in Ismael Salas (also training Haye), so he’s teaching me so many things.

“Obviously WSB is five rounds so it’s a little similar to the pro game but the difference is the weight of the gloves and the ring size can vary in professional so there’s less padding.”

And Joyce expects his fight against Lewison to be a corker whilst also eyeing title opportunities in the non-distant future.

“I think he’s a tough, strong opponent; he’s never been knocked out so he’ll be coming to fight and it should be interesting. I’ve stated off a bit at the deep end but it’ll be starting my career off with a bang. It’s not a title fight; I believe I can beat him.

“As David said, I’m 32 by time my debut fight comes round, it’s about time I get on with it and believe I am at that level where I can challenge for titles,” he added.

His promoter, David Haye, is set to take on Tony Bellew in a December rematch – as WBN has revealed, and the pair are hoping to settle their bad blood.

The ‘Juggernaut’ expects a different result this time round.

“I thought the fight would have gone different the first time round but obviously you don’t know what’s going to happen in the ring.

“His Achilles went but I’ve seen him in the gym and he’s recovered, he’s moving on his feet fine so come the rematch it’s only going to go one way I think,” he concluded.

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