British heavyweight Joe ‘Juggernaut’ Joyce (2-0, 2KOs) is back in action against Donnie Palmer (9-1-1, 8KOs) on Saturday night live on territorial television.
The Olympic silver medallist is returning to the Mecca of British boxing York Hall, fresh from his first round knockout victory against Rudolf Jozic only last month.
Hayemaker-Ringstar are keeping the Londoner busy in hope that he can rise through the British ranks quickly.
The 32-year old is currently ranked at number 12 in the UK and 158 in the world. Considering he has only had 2 professional fights he has already mustered up 9 rounds of boxing and has a combined opponent record of 16-4-1.
Heavyweights today are huge but there will not be many fighters that will tower over Joyce who stands at 6’ 6”. But this Saturday night he gives away a 4 inch advantage against his American opponent who stands at a staggering 6’ 10”.
With only 11 fights to his name in 6 years Palmer has boxed 33 rounds and is ranked at 247 in the world. The most notable victory on his résumé came against Arthur Saribekian in his one and only 10 rounder which ended in a second round knockout victory.
To be perfectly honest this is nothing more than a stay-active fight for Joyce who should win comfortably before moving onto a bigger challenge in May.
If all goes to plan at York Hall then the aim is to have Joyce back in the ring on the Haye-Bellew 2 undercard. The main target is British number 3 Derrick Chisora (27-8, 19KOs) which clearly signals his desire to become an early contender in a rejuvenated heavyweight division.
Although there have been grumbles from the Chisora camp that he is willing to take the fight but only if the money is right, this is by no means a dead-cert. If this match-up fails to materialise then there is another option in Scotsman Gary Cornish (25-2, 13KOs) who would be a perfect replacement and one that would test the ‘Juggernaut’ this early in his professional career.
With Dave Allen (12-3-2, 9KOs) likely to face Lenroy Thomas for the commonwealth title, Nick Webb (12-0, 10KOs) scheduled to fight on the Whyte-Browne undercard and British champion Sam Sexton (24-3, 9KOs) defending his title against Hughie Fury (20-1, 10KOs), Cornish would be a good choice.
Sexton picked up the British title after defeating Cornish last year and Joyce was quick to throw his hat in the mix after stopping Ian Lewison on his pro debut. “I watched the recent fight, against Cornish, I thought I could take both of them. We’ll see if that fight gets made for December,” Joe Said.
Either way a victory over ‘Del Boy’ or Gary Cornish would catapult the Londoner into contention for a shot at either title. I believe Chisora is the more dangerous opponent, you need to look no further than the Whyte fight as proof of this.
With that being said Joyce is still eager to get it on, he said “I’m waiting to see if that comes to fruition, if he accepts the offer. If he has the real desire to fight me. I think it’d be a real entertaining one, especially when he fought Dillian, it’ll be something similar. I think it’ll be a great fight anyway. Chisora will be game and swinging bombs. He’s a busy fighter.”
Chisora, 34, has accepted an offer to fight on the undercard of Whyte-Browne on March 24 against an unknown opponent. I assume this will be a tune-up fight before he re-enters the ring in May. Joyce does have stiff competition from Carlos Takam who has built up a rivalry with Chisora on social media so don’t be surprised if you see the 37-year old in action instead of Joyce.
You may be wondering what the fascination is with fighting ‘Del Boy’? Well, he is currently the third best heavyweight in the UK, has a history of selling fights with his Larry Large attitude and a victory over him would not only increase your reputation but it would improve your ranking.
Promoter David Haye definitely has the finances to trump the Takam camp but Chisora may prefer his chances against Takam who has enhanced his rep after a decent performance against Anthony Joshua.
Further down the line Joe will have to face one of the up and coming youngsters in the division. The dangerous Daniel Dubois (7-0, 7KOs) and Nathan Gorman (12-0, 10KOs). Both are heavyweight prospects that will be rising through the ranks at the same time and heading for a collision course with Joyce.
Firstly the well decorated amateur will need to get past Donnie Palmer and then assess his options for May.
On the undercard Matty Askin (22-3-1, 14KOs) puts his British cruiserweight title on the line against Stephen Simmons (18-2, 7KOs).
Enjoy the fights this Weekend!