HALL OF FAME promoter Frank Warren is delighted to welcome unbeaten heavyweight and Olympic Silver medallist Joe Joyce to the Queensberry Promotions stable in a co-promotional agreement with Ringstar Sports.
The 33-year-old, known as ‘Juggernaut’ is the mandatory challenger for the EBU European heavyweight title and the British heavyweight title. The current holder of the WBA Gold heavyweight title, having previously won the WBA Continental title.
Joyce’s Queensberry Promotions debut will come as chief support to Billy Joe Saunders’ clash with Shefat Isufi on May 18th at the Lamex Stadium, home of Stevenage FC.
The ‘Juggernaut’ turned professional following his silver medal-winning exploits at the 2016 Rio Olympics. He was considered by many judges to be unfortunate in losing a decision to Tony Yoka in the final.
Joyce’s previous amateur accomplishments include the winning of gold at the 2015 European Games and 2014 Commonwealth Games. He also collected bronze at the 2013 European championships and 2015 World Amateur championships.
His professional journey began under the tutelage of his then promoter David Haye’s coach Ismael Salas before he later transferred to Big Bear in California to work with another Hall of Fame trainer in Abel Sanchez.
Now his focus has returned to the UK, Joyce will be trained by Adam Booth.
The Putney-based heavy hitter put a genuine marker down in the heavyweight division in February with an impressive destruction of former world champion Bermane Stiverne inside six rounds in London, having previously recorded a first-round stoppage of the 23-2 Joe Hanks at the Staples Center in December on the undercard of the Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder world title showdown.
His statement performances have seen Joyce installed as mandatory challenger for the EBU European title held by Agit Kabayal, while his ranking with the WBA sees him as a likely challenger to the regular champion Manuel Charr.
He has also been mandated by the British Boxing Board of Control to fight for the vacant British heavyweight title against emerging force Daniel Dubois. Both are now Queensberry stablemates.
Not short of options, Joyce himself expressed no particular preference when pressed on a favoured foe.
“It doesn’t matter who it is,” he considered. “Manuel Charr, Agit Kabayal or Daniel Dubois. The Juggernaut plows through all!
“I am delighted to be joining up with Frank and the Queensberry team,” added Joyce. “I’m now in the right place to accelerate my progress. I can really make my mark on the UK scene. While continuing to press forward towards world titles.
“Having seen the great job Frank has done with Tyson Fury, I know I’m in the right place. I’m not far away from being in with the top guys in the division. I know Frank is the man to help guide me to becoming a world champion.”
“I am really looking forward to featuring alongside Billy Joe Saunders at Stevenage FC for my Queensberry Promotions debut on May 18th.”
Sam Jones of S-Jam Boxing stated: “I am really excited by the link up with Frank Warren. Joe is in a great position at the moment. He is high in the WBA rankings. A champion with the WBA and mandatory for both Manual Charr and (EBU European champion) Agit Kabayal.
“He’s also be mandated for the British title. There are options on the table. I know Frank will be the man to deliver the big fights.
“Joe’s ultimate goal is to become the world champion. He will get there whether that’s via Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua or Deontay Wilder. Frank will be the man to deliver it!”
Tickets for Joe Joyce’s Queensberry Promotions debut as chief support to Billy Joe Saunders v Shefat Isufi on May 18th can be purchased via borotickets.co.uk and are priced as below:
£250 – Hospitality
£150 – Pitch
£100 – Pitch
£75 – Pitch
£50 – Stand
£40 – Stand