Who is Joe Joyce? Everything you need to know about the former Olympian as he gears up for career-defining fights against Michael Wallisch and Daniel Dubois

All the former Olympian's key professional statistics ahead of his mouth-watering all-British bout with Daniel Dubois.

Published: 23 July 2020 - 8.13pm

Everything you need to know about Joe Joyce

British heavyweight Joe Joyce is returning to the ring for the first time in over a year as he gears up for a career-defining fight against fellow countryman Daniel Dubois.

Joyce and Dubois were due to meet in an all-British heavyweight scrap in April but the fight was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic leaving Joyce 'heartbroken'.

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Frank Warren, who promotes both men, has rescheduled the fight for Saturday 24 October at London's O2 Arena, but Joyce must first navigate German heavyweight Michael Wallisch before going toe-to-toe with Dubois.

Joyce's next bout will be shown exclusively live on BT Sport 1HD and Ultimate on TV and is also available to live stream via the BT Sport app and bt.com/sport.

Here, we take you through Joyce's key career stats ahead of his next two bouts with Wallisch and Dubois.

Joe Joyce: Amateur career

The former lifeguard fell in love with boxing in his early twenties during a summer break at university when he began training at ABC gym in Earlsfield, south west London. 

Joyce turned professional in October 2017 after a glittering amateur career, winning gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, silver at the 2013 European Amateur Championships and bronze at the 2015 World Championships.

One of the highlights of his career remains his silver medal for Team GB at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

He won the Commonwealth title in only his fourth fight, hammering Lenroy Thomas inside two rounds before making his professional debut against British campaigner Ian Lewison.

Joe Joyce: Record

The Juggernaut is unbeaten since making his professional debut, winning 10 fights in a row.

He produced an impressive performance on the undercard of Tyson Fury's first fight with Deontay Wilder back in December 2018, flooring Joe Hanks with a thunderous left hook to record a first-round stoppage.

Joyce's most recent fight was back in July 2019 when he won a points decision against American heavyweight Bryant Jennings. 

Joe Joyce: Knockouts

Nine of Joyce's 10 victories have come by way of knockout. 

His points victory over Jennings in his most recent appearance was the first time in his professional career that he has failed to KO his opponent.

Joe Joyce in profile

Born: 19 September, 1985 in Putney

Height: 6 foot 6 inches

Weight: 17 st 1lbs

Nickname: The Juggernaut

Reach: 80 inches

Record: 10-10-0

First pro fight: 20 October, 2017

Joe Joyce: Next fight and future opponent

Joyce will have his sights set on 24 October when he will finally go toe-to-toe with the unbeaten Dubois. 

The 34-year-old Putney-born boxer will warm up for that autumn bout by fighting German Michael Wallisch on Saturday 25 July on BT Sport. 

"This is what I got into boxing for," said Joyce.

 "It's good that I'm getting this fight going ahead now and it will be good preparation for the big one in October.

"But I'm not going to take Michael Wallisch lightly because he's a skilful boxer and he's got a lot of experience. I have to keep switched on.

“Wallisch is a good boxer. He has a European style with a high guard and he comes in throwing punches, body shots and headshots.

“It is a good, hard fight. It wasn’t too long ago he was highly ranked so this is a chance for him to get back in the picture.

"When I come through this big challenge in Dubois then there are those big three or four names out there afterwards.

"I've got to deal with what's in front of me in Wallisch first and then I'll have to deal with Dubois."

What do the experts say?

BT Sport pundit Steve Bunce

"Joe Joyce's first 10 fights were cracking. I think they were inventive fights - five or six of them. It's been a disastrous year for Joe Joyce. I think he would say that.

"A European title fight fell through, then he switched trainers. The pandemic hit, so the April fight with Dubois fell out of bed. They just have to get Joyce out. No heavyweight can take a year out when they are going at speed.

"I expect Joe to go out there and try to win inside three minutes but what he has actually benefited from is the six weeks with a fight in sight, so you're getting your head and body ready."

Joe Joyce meets Michael Wallisch in a 10-round heavyweight bout at the BT Sport Studio in London from 7.15pm on Saturday 25 July.

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