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Joseph Joyce (born 19 September 1985) is a British professional boxer. He held the Commonwealth heavyweight title from 2018 to 2019. As an amateur, he won a bronze medal at the 2013 European Championships; gold at the 2014 Commonwealth and 2015 European Games; bronze at the 2015 World Championships; and silver at the 2016 Olympics.
Joyce turned professional in July 2017 at the age of 31, signing with Hayemaker Ringstar. On 6 September 2017, an official announcement was made for the first boxing event which would take place at Indigo, The O2 arena in London on 20 October 2017.
On 16 April 2018, it was announced a deal was in place for Joyce to challenge for the Commonwealth heavyweight title against Jamaican boxer Lenroy Thomas (22-4-1, 10 KOs). Two days later, Sky Sports officially announced the fight for 5 May. Joyce entered the ring wearing a sombrero. He knocked Thomas down three times before the fight came to an end in round 2. Two knockdowns came from body shots and the final knockdown came from a left hook to the head.. After the fight, Joyce stated he would like to challenge for the British heavyweight title. By winning the belt in just his fourth professional bout, Joyce broke a 106-year record.
As Joe continues his hunt for a world title, he has one of the biggest fight of the year coming up against fellow undefeated Brit, Daniel Dubois. The pair are now set to face off in the rescheduled date of Saturday, November 28 but no venue has been confirmed as of yet. *