Joe Joyce’s manager Sam Jones has given WBN an update on training camp ahead of the Briton’s toughest career test on February 23.
‘The Juggernaut’ takes on former WBC title holder Bermane Stiverne in London. The O2 Arena will stage ITV Box Office televised encounter.
Joyce is 7-0 since entering the paid ranks. The 33 year-old ditched the vest on the back of a silver medal at the Rio Olympics.
Two and a half years on, and Joyce is pushing to be involved in the world title scene by 2020.
Jones, who is at Big Bear with Joyce and trainer Abel Sanchez, firmly believes the 6ft 6ins brute is on the cusp of big things.
“Camp is going great. Malik Scott has just arrived for the business end of camp to spar Joe,” Jones exclusively told World Boxing News.
“Malik a close friend of mine. He helps with keeping the spirits high in camp. He’s great to have around.
“There’s been no stone unturned for this fight. Joe is ready for a prime Bermane Stiverne. Anything Stiverne does, Joe will have an answer for. I believe the fight ends in devastating fashion.
“Stiverne has said a lot but it’s nearly fight time the talking stops. I want people to give Joe his respect after this performance. Stiverne’s last two fights have been against Wilder and Joe is fighting him in his 8th fight.
“I believe this will propel Joe in heavyweight ranking. The top boys will have to take notice because ‘The Juggernaut’ is coming.”
The Joyce v Stiverne battle co-features on a bill topped by an IBO super-middleweight title grudge match between James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr.
Despite plenty of needle between the two 168 pounders, Jones sees Joyce stealing the show.
“I actually think people are more excited by this fight than the main event,” pointed out Jones. “That’s not taking anything away from DeGale or Eubank. But people love nothing more than an exciting all action heavyweight contest. Also one which will definitely not go the distance.
“Joe can’t wait to go back to London and show the world he’s a force to be reckoned with,” he added.
Earlier this week, coach Sanchez gave his view to WBN on when Joyce will be ready to share a ring with the likes of Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.
“This is a difficult fight for Joe. Stiverne has experience in big fights and will be something hard for Joe to deal with,” Sanchez exclusively told World Boxing News.
“The Joyce team feels that he is ready for the big step. Plus, he is also 33 years old so it’s imperative that we make these calculated career moves.
“Hopefully, he’ll be ready for a title shot next year, We feel that he will be ready (for Joshua or Wilder) at some point in 2020.
“If Joshua is still a champion by then, it would be a huge fight for Joe.”
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay