March is set to be a blockbuster of a month for the heavyweight division as every single belt on offer will be up for grabs.
WBC holder Deontay Wilder is preparing to go toe-to-toe with Cuba’s Luis Ortiz in New York this weekend, whilst Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker lock horns in an eagerly anticipated unification bout on March 31 in Cardiff.
Sam Jones, manager of rising star Joe Joyce, believes things are spicing up nicely for 2018.
He exclusively told World Boxing News: “I’m not saying it’s back to the Muhammed Ali days, but everyone is interested in the division again. Everybody tunes in to heavyweight boxing because you’re only one punch from there being a disaster.
“You have Anthony Joshua, David, Tyson and Hughie Fury, Dillan Whyte, and Daniel Dubois, so the British scene is thriving and it’s going to be great for Joyce.
“You can’t deny Joshua though, he’s the face of boxing at the moment.”
On May 5, the British public have another grudge match to witness as Tony Bellew and David Haye prepare for ‘Revenge or Repeat’ at The O2 in London.
Haye, who promotes Joyce, is in a last chance saloon and knows it will be curtains should he taste defeat again.
However, Jones is expected Haye to have the last laugh.
“David is looking massively relaxed, laughing, smiling when he’s in the gym, he’s just very, very relaxed ahead of this fight.
“This is an important fight for David against Bellew, he said it himself, he could easily win the fight but if he isn’t happy with his performance then he could walk away.
“People need to appreciate David before he walks away, he’s had an incredible career. I fully well know that on May 5, Haye knocks out Bellew – it’s as simple as that – I’ve seen him sparring, the work he’s doing with Salas, he just looks dangerous, elusive, fast, great head movement, sharp punching, he looks devastating.”
Ahead of Joyce fighting on free-to-air Dave Channell again come March 17, Jones was quizzed on his thoughts of Bellew’s recent mocking of the network’s viewership.
“He can say whatever he likes, his biggest fight was against Haye. He has financially secured Tony and his family for life. For what David has done for him, deep down Tony loves him.
“Tony would have loved to have the opportunity Joe has of headlining shows on terrestrial TV when he was making it through the ranks. He made a big deal of saying, ‘no one ever helped me on my way up,’ but if had free-to-air TV then he would have a lot more exposure.
“Bellew claims to be a ‘Man of the People’, so why he mocks David for bringing free to air boxing to the British public on ‘Channel Dave’ whilst Bellew makes millions fighting on SKY PPV seems a little hypocritical.
“Joe is going to be a force for a long time to come in the heavyweight division so allowing fans to watch him on free-to-air makes sense.
“He will fight anybody, his nickname is ‘Mexican Joe’ and when you see him in some bigger fights you’ll know the reason he’s called it.”
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95