Joe Joyce Looking forward to tough fight and KO win!
Ahead of his July 13 fight with Bryant “By-By” Jennings (24-3, 3), WBA heavyweight gold champion Joe “Juggernaut” Joyce (9-0, 9 KO’s) is anticipating the toughest fight of his career.
His forecast is very prudent because without question, Jennings will be his most seasoned and versatile opponent to date. The two big men will collide at the O2 Arena located in Greenwich, London.
ESPN+ will televise the bout.
Joyce expects a tough out against Jennings, who is coming off a twelfth round knockout loss to Oscar Rivas. The British boxer is more than a little confident that he will emerge victorious.
In fact, the London native is eager to test himself against his cerebral American rival.
“I think he is very smart and he’s got a good ring IQ […] he’s quite awkward in his style, he’s a bit smaller.
“He’s 6’3 but he’s got a very long reach and he’s quite smart in the ring. He’s got good foot work, it’ll be quite awkward for me.”
Not only will the prizefight test Joyce’s skillset, it will test his newly forged union with head trainer Adam Booth. The Juggernaut and Booth initially teamed up just two short months ago for Joyce’s last matchup against Alexander Ustinov.
The merger began in stunning fashion as Joyce won via third round knockout. The win allowed the Gold champion to preserve his perfect KO streak; a record that he fully plans on maintaining against Jennings as well.
“I’m looking to stop him. You know, that’s what heavyweight boxing is about, getting the knockout and I think I can wear him down and work him out.
“It might take me a few rounds to where he might look a bit sharp and fresher and maybe land some shots, but at the end of the day I’m going to come out victorious.”
The Juggernaut is fully cognizant that Jennings will be extra hungry. The Philadelphia fighter intends not only to get back into the win column, but to claim an undefeated scalp.
If By-By manages to topple Joyce, he will likely put himself right back in position to receive another title shot. Bearing this realization in mind, the Juggernaut understands that he will have to be ready for a difficult and tactical affair against a very capable foe.
Yet, being a true to heart fighter, he is embracing the tough moments that he will have to brave.
“He’s going to pose problems for me, I think. That’s why it’s such a good test. So yeah, I’m looking forward to it.”
By: Bakari Simpson