Sam Jones lauds ‘special’ Joe Joyce, maps out title plan

RINGSIDE 15/11/2018

Joe Joyce

Heavyweight destroyer Joe Joyce has had his route to the world championship mapped out.

Joyce goes for a seventh straight KO against Joe Hanks on the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury undercard on Saturday, December 1 and will then target the winner of the Gerald Washington-Adam Kownacki fight.

Manager Sam Jones – of S-Jam – says another win will keep him on course for a world title challenge “either by the end of next year or early 2020.”

Joyce says the target is to become the undisputed champion and Jones says nobody can stop him – including Anthony Joshua.

“They are good friends after sparring all those rounds,” said Derby’s Jones, “and respect each other, but Joe will be willing to fight him when the time is right and believes he can take him out.

“He’s a wrecking machine who destroys whatever’s in front of him. Joe plays a lot of video games – and sometime I think he believes he’s a character from one of them !

“Joe is a one off. He’s not normal. No way. I have never known anyone more relaxed before a fight. It’s just another day in the office to him. There’s something special about him and if anyone’s going to beat him, they are going to have to be extra special.”

Jones says being robbed of gold in the 2016 Tokyo Olympic final has made Joyce determined to chin whoever’s put in front of him in the pros – and believes the 33 year old Londoner has made big improvements since joining new trainer Abel Sanchez.

Their first fight together brought Joyce’s career-best win, a five-round mauling of good operator Iago Kiladze, and Jones said: “Abel has got him cutting the ring off better and sitting down on his punches more. There’s a bit more method about what Joe’s doing. I’ve never seen Joe look better.”