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In review: Joe Joyce’s busy 2018

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The much-anticipated bout between British heavyweights Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce is just around the corner. Whilst a venue is yet to be announced, the fight is scheduled for November 28th, and boxing fans will undoubtedly be counting down the days until the unbeaten Londoners touch gloves.

It has been a very busy few years for the heavyweight prospects since they both turned professional in 2017, with Triple D, who is the favorite in the Daniel Dubois vs Joe Joyce odds, already being involved in 15 scraps, whilst Joyce has dispatched of 11 different opponents to date.

2018 was the busiest year for the Juggernaut, with a whopping six fights spread out across 12 months. So, read on as we take a look at Joyce’s half-dozen bouts in what was a very busy year.

Rudolf Jozic – KO (2-0)

After his debut bout against fellow Brit Ian Lewison, which he won via TKO, at the indigo at the O2 in October 2017, Joyce returned to the ring in February 2018, and it was an explosive performance from the Juggernaut at London’s York Hall. Joyce sent German giant Rudolf Jozic to the canvas in the first round, and his 6ft 5in opponent was out for the count.

Donnie Palmer – TKO (3-0)

There was no time for reflection in Joyce’s camp, as just one month later he returned to the York Hall, this time to touch gloves with American Donnie Palmer. The bout lasted just 38 seconds, as the 2016 Olympic silver medallist sent Palmer to the canvas. The American managed to get back to his feet, but with Palmer looking clearly dazed, referee Jeff Hinds was left with no other choice than to wave off the fight.

Lenroy Thomas – TKO (4-0)

After almost two months away from the ring, Joyce went toe-to-toe with Jamaican Lenroy Thomas on the undercard of Tony Bellew vs David Haye II at the O2 Arena. It was another straightforward bout for the Londoner, as he dispatched of his opponent in the second round. After landing some very powerful shots in the first round, the Juggernaut finally sent Thomas to the canvas, with a strong left hook to the jaw, in the second, leaving the Jamaican unable to get back to his feet. As a result, Thomas lost his Commonwealth title.

Ivica Bacurin – KO (5-0)

Just one month later, and back at the York Hall, Joyce returned to the ring taking on Croatian Ivica Bacurin. The 36-year-old stepped in at the last minute to replace Ghana’s Richard Lartey, who withdrew just two days before the bout, but failed to put up much of fight against the Juggernaut. Just one minute and 54 seconds into the opening round, Joyce caught Bacurin on the back of the head and the fight was over.

Iago Kiladze – KO (6-0)

After leaving Haye’s Hayemaker Promotions and signing for award-winning manager Al Haymon, who has promoted the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and Carl Frampton, Joyce made his stateside debut against Iago Kiladze on September 30th. The 10-round bout took place at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in California, and the Juggernaut dropped Kiladze three times before finally putting an end to the fight with a fifth-round knockout.

Joe Hanks – KO (7-0)

Back in the US for his next bout, Joyce went toe-to-toe with American Joe Hanks on the undercard of Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder’s first fight, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It was a fast finish from the Juggernaut, as he saw off hanks just two minutes and 25 seconds into the first round, which also saw him extended his unbeaten record to 7-0 and take the WBA Continental heavyweight title back to the UK.

After another successful bout with Bermane Stiverne, Joyce signed for Warren’s Queensberry Promotions in April 2019, and has since beaten Alexander Ustinov, Bryant Jennings and Michael Wallisch – taking his professional record to 11-0.