BRITAIN’S Joe Joyce is a heavyweight moving quickly. As an amateur he won Olympic silver, World bronze and European Games gold medals and after only seven professional fights will defend his Commonwealth title against former world champion Bermane Stiverne on Saturday (February 23) at the O2 Arena in London.
Stiverne lost his WBC crown to Deontay Wilder on points in 2015 and in a more recent rematch was stopped in the first round. Joyce has hopes of his own of knocking out Stiverne. “I don’t know if I will be able to beat the time [Wilder set]. The first fight was a lot more competitive, the second one I don’t think he was quite in shape and got taken out. I’m preparing for the best Bermane Stiverne. He says he has been in the gym, so it should be a good fight,” Joyce said.
“He seems to be a very tough guy, I sparred him in his camp in Vegas and his training looked a bit lethargic. That told in the fight. After that performance he has probably gone back to the drawing board and got himself in good shape for this.”