Exclusive: Manager Jones targets big names for Joyce, reveals Davies weight move and talks Haye

Phil Jay 15/05/2018


Manager Sam Jones has spoken to WBN in a week where star mount Joe Joyce has been entered into the WBC Ratings for the first time.

Released over the weekend, the World Boxing Council’s new list features Joyce at number 30 on the back of his impressive stoppage of Lenroy Thomas.


Claiming the Commonwealth heavyweight title, Joyce is now on the hunt for some of the bigger names once a routine defence is out of the way this summer.

Also on the bill, stablemate Kody Davies scored a first round victory, and Jones has high hopes for both after confirming a weight move for the Welshman.

Davies fought at the light-heavyweight limit on the Tony Bellew v David Haye II undercard at the O2 Arena on May 5th but will now drop down to 168 pounds.

“We’ve discussed it and Kody will move down to super middleweight,” Jones exclusively told World Boxing News.

“In regards to Joe, he will have a quick defence of his title before we look into getting Joe out in America. Richard Schaeffer is keen to have him out there and we believe his reputation will benefit.

“We’d love to get him the Dillian Whyte fight and possibly Jarrell Miller, but these are the kind of opponents we are looking at after one defence of the Commonwealth.

“Make no mistake, Joe is coming for all the top guys,” he added.

Asked about the performance of headliner Haye, whom Jones spent a huge amount of time with during camp, the S-Jam boss replied: “It was heartbreaking to watch my friend lose, but he’s had a hell of a career.

“I hope people will remember him for his great nights against Jean-Marc Mormeck, Enzo Maccarinelli and of course Nikolai Valuev.

“There’s also the grudge night with Chisora after THAT press conference, although David had never had to really show nuts and guts until recently.

“He’s always won on skill, ability and power – as he did with Chisora – so in these last two fights I believe David showed he’s a true warrior with a huge heart,” said Jones.

Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay