EXCLUSIVE: Joe Joyce trains alongside Gennady Golovkin at Big Bear, manager discusses potential Abel Sanchez move

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Manager Sam Jones is spending time in Big Bear as British heavyweight force Joe Joyce works alongside Gennady Golovkin at the world-famous boxing training camp. 

The undefeated Commonwealth champion, who has made an impressive start to life as a pro on the back of an Olympic silver medal in 2016, recently parted company with Ismael Salas when the Cuban moved into semi-retirement.

Joyce, 32, is looking to continue his development to a world title shot in 2019 and Jones saw Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez as the perfect man to potentially take the reigns.

“I contacted Abel Sanchez as I thought his training style is a perfect fit for Joe,” Jones exclusively explained to World Boxing News from his temporary California base.

“Joe’s is already enjoying working with the best middleweight out there in Gennady Golovkin and he’ll begin sparring in the middle of next week.

“It’s all started so well between Joe and Abel. They are getting along great.”

On making the transition from Salas to Sanchez, Jones added: “Obviously, it’s new training methods for Joe to get used to, but everyone knows he’s a brilliant athlete and can adapt to anything.

“Being around Big Bear and in close proximity to ‘GGG’ has already has given Joe a spring in his step and I’m sure this will only be good for him moving forward.

“It also helps when Gennady is genuinely the nicest man you’ll ever meet. He just wants to help everyone and gave Joe the warmest of welcomes.

“Gennady talks like your next door neighbour but trains like a demon and that can only rub off on Joe.
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“He also played a few tricks on Joe on the first training session to put him at ease, so I’m sure they will become firm friends the more time they spend together.”

Asked when Joyce could confirm Sanchez as his new coach, Jones was optimistic regarding the early signs.

“We are here for one month, but the way things are going so far, we’re here we are hopeful to announce something way before then,” he stated.

With a huge clash on the Anthony Joshua v Alexander Povetkin undercard in the pipeline, things are moving fast for Joyce as ‘The Juggernaut’ pushes to be in the mix at the top level over the next few months.

Having someone with the wealth of experience Sanchez has obtained during his many years in the sport can only be a positive for the UK puncher, adding further to the knowledge already instilled in Joyce from his world-renowned previous teacher in the respected Salas. 

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