British heavyweight contender Joe Joyce teams up with Al Haymon, US debut imminent

WBN 15/08/2018

Lawrence Lustig

British heavyweight and current Commonwealth champion Joe Joyce has formally agreed to a deal with American boxing force Al Haymon in order to push his career Stateside. 

The undefeated 32 year-old recently moved his training camp to California with Gennady Golovkin trainer Abel Sanchez at The Summit in Big Bear and has now drafted in Haymon to begin making waves in the United States.

Sharing his delight on the partnership, Joyce revealed his debut on US soil will be forthcoming in the next few months.

“I am delighted to announce my management company S-Jam Boxing and I have teamed up with Al Haymon,” said Joyce.

“I am excited to now have Al advising me in my career. My US debut will be announced imminently. The Juggernaut is coming!”

Manager Sam Jones has been steering Joyce towards a world title shot since the Londoner won a silver medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, with the Intergovernmental strap already added through just five contests.

Joyce is set to be back in the ring before the end of the year and will aim to showcase what he’s learned from Sanchez, who took over after the semi-retirement of Ismael Salas earlier this year.

Training alongside the likes of Golovkin, Ryan ‘Blue Chip’ Martin and Alfredo Angulo has certainly rubbed off on Joyce, who told WBN in an exclusive interview last month of his desire to learn from his new surroundings.

“We came out here to Big Bear to have a little trial run to see if we would gel and we have gelled, so I will be training with Abel Sanchez,” Joyce told WBN last month.

“It’s a really good team here at Big Bear. I haven’t seen Gassiev yet; he hasn’t been back, Golovkin is really helpful and motivates me and the team.”

Jones stated: “Joe’s is already enjoying working with the best middleweight out there in Gennady Golovkin. It’s all started so well between Joe and Abel. They are getting along great.

“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,” he added.