Heavyweight Joe Joyce, coach Abel Sanchez make link-up official, discuss new partnership goals

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British heavyweight Joe Joyce will train with Abel Sanchez full-time following a short period at the world-famous Big Bear Training Camp in California.

Joyce headed across the Atlantic for a getting-to-know-you period with Sanchez after former coach Ismael Salas decided to drop into semi-retirement, and ‘The Juggernaut’ was happy to announce confirmation of joining forces with the man who guided middleweight king Gennady Golovkin to stardom.

“I am proud to announce my new trainer future Hall of famer Abel Sanchez,” Joyce told World Boxing News. “I believe with Abel in my corner we will be ready for any challenge.

“I want to win world titles and that’s what we plan on doing!”

Joyce continued: “Abel is the perfect trainer for my come forward style. That is his speciality as he’s won 18 world titles as a trainer with most recently Murat Gassiev and of course, ‘GGG’ – who I am proud to train alongside.

“Just working alongside Golovkin is bringing me on every day as he pushes me to do better. I am so excited for this new chapter in my life and I am confident with Abel in my corner I will become world champion in the near future.

“I am proud to call The Summit Gym my new home,” added the 2016 Olympic silver medallist.

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Sanchez, who holds a wealth of experience, has welcomed Joyce and manager Sam Jones with open arms.

“I’m looking forward to training my first heavyweight champion,” Sanchez told World Boxing News. “Joe Joyce comes to me with great credentials.

“Now it’s up to me to make him the elite professional heavyweight champion I know he can be.”

Already being linked to a massive fight on the undercard of Anthony Joshua v Alexander Povetkin, things are firmly on the rise for the current Commonwealth heavyweight champion.

Dave Allen recently wiped out plans for a fight with Nick Webb, meaning the ‘Doncaster De La Hoya’ could be in line to take that spot himself on September 22 at Wembley Stadium.

More will be revealed soon as Joyce continues his graft with Sanchez and the crew in Los Angeles.

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