British heavyweight hope and 2016 Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce is aiming to be in the world title mix by mid-2019, according to manager Sam Jones.
Joyce made a successful transition from the amateur ranks into the paid format earlier this year by stopping domestic contender Ian Lewison after signing promotional terms with David Haye’s Hayemaker Ringstar organization.
At 32 years of age, Joyce is unable to take things easy and Jones says a future meeting with Tony Yoka, the opponent who defeated him in the Rio final at the Summer Games, is the top target alongside a world title shot.
“We’ve got plans in place for Joe Joyce as he will be out in February and March before his fourth fight takes place on May 5th of next year,” Jones exclusively explained to World Boxing News.
“The plan is we want a world title within 18 months but facing Tony Yoka for a world title in the future is the dream,” he added.
‘The Juggernaut’ is currently learning his craft under the watchful eye of renowned trainer Ismael Salas, who also looks after the conditioning and regiment of current world champion Jorge Linares.
Lightweight star Linares has been confirmed as defending his belt in January against Mercito Gesta this week and Joyce will be making a trip over to the United States to spend time in camp with the Venezuelan as Salas puts him through his paces.
“We’re off to Vegas on Boxing Day and it will be for a five week training camp in total as Joe readies himself for February,” said Jones.
“The plan is to train alongside Jorge Linares as he prepares for his January bout before heading back to the United Kingdom for the finishing touches.
“Joe will be looking for another decent opponent to continue his progress moving forward.”
Arch-rival Yoka ironically also signed a deal with Ringstar Sports – partners of Haye’s UK version – and would be a relatively easy fight to make provided both remain undefeated next year.
The Frenchman, 25, has the chance to push to 3-0 by the end of 2017 on the back of his controversial success over Joyce, which hopefully will make for another big rivalry three years on from Brazil.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay