This UK phenom and silver Olympic medalist is the heavyweight answer to the 'new hope'. He is the pride of the UK and if Anthony Joshua can't become the champion his people want him to be, Joe Joyce surely will be. His match against Bermaine Stiverne this weekend is a solid test.
Stiverne is the former WBC champion, and the only man to truly dismantle Bermaine was the current champion and pound for pound top 3 in Deontay Wilder. The Bronze Bomber with over 35 fights to his record beat Bermaine, but Joe is taking on the former champ at a lowly 7-0.
Joyce is a massive 80-1 favorite over Stiverne on most sportsbooks, and it's a question as to whether these odds or off... or whether Bermaine is that shot. He doesn't look in shape, and a motivated (and massive) Joe Joyce will most likely take him out of the fight early.
Joyce has many first round knockouts and shows to be a somewhat sluggish juggernaut who can truly one shot his opponent. The power in both hands of Joyce is lethal, and one would need serious footwork and durability to even last a single round against Joe Joyce.
The only man to truly create a blueprint on the Juggernaut is current Cruiserweight and World Series of Boxing Champion Oleksandyr Usyk. The cruiser phenom not only knocked out Tony Bellew a few months back, but his Olympic pedigree speaks for itself.
Usyk is a completely different animal to anyone in the heavyweight class because Usyk is more nimble with more sophisticated footwork than anyone else in the game (besides maybe Lomachenko whose father also trains with Usyk). The Eastern Europeans bring something different...
...yet welcome to boxing. I personally think Joe has to make massive adjustments to hang with the likes of a Fury or even Joshua.. but if the matchup against Wilder was made, it would be a somewhat sloppy yet powerful affair in which one man would surely be hitting the canvas.
I enjoy the state of UK boxing at the current moment, and former Gold medalist in James DeGale will also have another shot at redemption against the sturdy, and cumbersome opponent in Chris Eubank Jr. A change in camps will hopefully lead to more from Eubank Jr.
Wisdom tells most to go all in on Joe Joyce this weekend, but much more money can be made on props or the 'under in rounds' type bets. I would go all in on the under and the TKO or KO prop from Joyce, because if he wins.. it will be a knockout.. and -500 is always better than -8500. Good luck this weekend fellow pugilists!
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