March 5, 2015
March 5, 2015
Joe Joyce

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SUPER heavyweight, Joe Joyce, will continue his bid for Olympic qualification this Friday when he boxes for the British Lionhearts against the China Dragons, in Sanya, in the World Series of Boxing (WSB).

Londoner, Joyce has won all three of his bouts in the current season of WSB and sits joint third in the super-heavyweight rankings with 14 points, one behind Filiip Hrgovic of Croatia and Azerbaijan’s Arlanbek Makhmvdov.

The top ranked super-heavyweight boxer at the end of the regular season will automatically qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

“Qualifying for the Olympics is the main goal for me with WSB, so all I can do is keep on winning and hopefully that will get me to the top of the rankings,” explained Joyce.

“The two boxers that are ahead of me will probably have to box each other at some point, so that does give me an opportunity to overtake at least one of them, provided I keep on winning.”

Joyce is joined on the China trip by two fellow members of the GB Boxing squad, Ekow Essuman at welterweight and John Newell at light-heavyweight.

Essuman, who is part of GB Boxing’s Podium Potential squad, has been one of the surprise packages of the season so far and has adapted superbly to the five round format of WSB defeating Bogdan Shelestyuk on his debut in Ukraine and following it up with a commanding victory in the British Lionhearts 4-1 home win against the Algeria Desert Hawks when he outpointed Sofiane Tabi.  Essuman’s only defeat was against world and Olympic champion, Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo of the Cuba Domodores, when he gave an excellent account of himself against one of the best boxers in WSB.

Newell has one win from a walkover against the Algerian Deserts Hawks and a loss from the Lionhearts’ away defeat in Havana when, like Essuman, he gave a very creditable performance in losing to another lavishly talented Cuban, Julio Cesar De La Cruz.

Two overseas selections, Spain’s Kelvin De La Nieve at flyweight and French lightweight, Oualid Belaoura, complete the line-up for the British Lionhearts trip to China.

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