Joe Joyce has his sights set on Dereck Chisora after he delivered a huge knockout to make ‘Big Nasty’ Donnie Palmer his third victim since turning professional.
The 2016 Rio Olympics silver medallist, fresh from victories over Rudolf Jozic and Ian Lewison, sensationally produced a ferocious one-two combination inside 38 seconds to floor the imposing 6ft 10in American heavyweight at London’s iconic York Hall on Saturday night – shown live on UK terrestrial TV station Channel 5.
As an amateur, Palmer beat former IBF world champion Charles Martin and one-time world title contender Dominic Breazeale. But the 34-year-old was certainly no match for the ‘Juggernaut’, who promoter David Haye has described as a ‘future world champion at the beginning of his career’.
And now Joyce is hoping to fight the fellow Brit next on the eagerly-anticipated undercard of promoter Haye’s May 5 rematch against Tony Bellew at the O2 Arena.
“I was quite surprised,” said Joyce, reflecting on the manner in which he dispatched Palmer.
“I think it’s great that Donnie Palmer got in contact with us because a lot of people – like Dereck Chisora – who have been ducking me. But the work behind the scenes with Ismael Salas and Ruben Tabares has paid off. I hit him [Palmer] with some force and it did the job. It just shows how I’m progressing.”
Promoter Haye saluted Joyce and now wants Chisora to accept terms to fight his man.
“We wanted to focus on Joe exploding out of the blocks and I’m not surprised with what I’ve seen tonight,” said Haye. “That is what we’ll see against Dereck Chisora on May 5. I saw Don Charles, Chisora’s trainer, and said we have a very fair financial package for Derek.
“Hopefully, now Chisora, who shook Joe Joyce’s hand, will step up to the occasion. I believe my boy Joe Joyce is ready for it. If you’re watching Derek, give the fans the fight they want to see.” Joyce added: “I just want to show everyone the level I am at. Joseph Parker was in attendance less than a fortnight before his blockbuster world heavyweight unification bout with Anthony Joshua in Cardiff. And the WBO champion would have surely been impressed with what he saw.
Results in full:
Fight 1: Daniel Mendes beats Grigor Karastoyanov via points decision after climbing off the canvas.
Fight 2: Ricky Heavens beats Jordan Grannum via points decision.
Fight 3: Darrel Church secures stoppage win over Rikke Askew – round 1
Fight 4: Mark Little beat Tomislav Rudan via points decision.
Fight 5: Linus Udofia gets a second round stoppage against Geraint Goodridge.
Fight 6: Youssef Khoumari stops Kristian Laight via points decision.
Fight 7: Adi Burden wins on points against Callum Ide
Fight 8: Dan Keenan wins via points decision against Iliad Markov
Fight 9: Wadi Camacho gets a 9th round KO against Danny Couzens.
Fight 10: Rusqana Begum and Ivanka Ivanova are joint winners 38-38
Fight 11: Matty Askin stops Stephen Simmons in Round 2
Fight 12: Tunji Ogunniya stops Konstantin Alexandrov as the Bulgarian doesn’t leave his corner for the start of the 2nd round
Fight 13: Joe Joyce beats Donnie Palmer in round 1.