IT was a furious year of action for London super-heavyweight Joe Joyce. He entered the national elite England Boxing championships and fought his way through the London stages. He rediscovered a vein of ominous form as he passed through the quarter and semi-finals. He met GB rival and team-mate Frazer Clarke in the final. They engaged in an epic three-round war with Joyce forcing a stoppage in the last.
He remained dominant at the Commonwealth Games, crushing his opposition, seizing the gold medal and winning over the crowd in Glasgow with his trademark celebratory back flip.