In a Stateside update from camp, heavyweight contender Joe Joyce has been working alongside Shawn Porter’s strength and conditioning coach, Larry Wade.
Manager Sam Jones, out in America with the Olympic silver medallist as he prepares for another step up this year, is overseeing Joyce’s improvements and told WBN they happen on the daily.
Taking being among the top names in the sport like a sponge, ‘The Juggernaut’ has titles on his mind in 2018 and Jones is in no doubts about where Joyce is heading.
“Joe will be amongst the biggest names in the heavyweight division by the end of 2018 – mark my words,” Jones exclusively told World Boxing News.
“People make a big deal of his age (32 years) but that’s what we want them to think, he’s on fire in training.
“Too old, too slow they say, but get in the ring with Joe and you’re going to find out what he’s all about. He’s a machine plain and simple.
“He’s teamed up with Shawn Porter’s Strength and conditioning coach Larry Wade and he’s already improved him.
“Porter himself, who’s a top welterweight and former world champion in his own right, was massively impressed with Joe,” he added.
Joyce made his debut in the pro ranks last October, stopping seasoned domestic puncher Ian Lewison to hit the ground running.
The former Team GB member has already lined up his first two bouts of the New Year, with outings set for February and May in London.
A spot on the Bellew v Haye II undercard has long been in the pipeline and will give Joyce the exposure he needs in order to make a bigger splash in the top ranks for the remainder of 2018.
Jones previously told WBN he hopes Joyce can be operating amongst the elite in the division before too long, with the likes of Tom Little, Dereck Chisora, Dave Allen and Sam Sexton potential foes before a run at world class level.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay