Joe Joyce is undefeated in four fights and already has the Commonwealth strap around his waist. He's a man in a hurry but how far can he go? Betfair's Frankie Monkhouse takes a look at Juggernaut's chances.....
"Joyce has already predicted he would beat Del Boy if the pair ever faced-off with his size and engine being too much for the 34-year-old with a 28-8-0 tally"
Joe Joyce rates as one of the best amateur boxers Britain has ever produced with an array of titles won wearing the vest and headguard. His achievements in the unpaid ranks include Commonwealth gold in Glasgow 2014, gold at the European Games the following year, silver in the 2016 Olympics and a pair of bronze from the World Amateur Championships and European Amateur Championships.
Since moving into professional boxing in 2017 - signed and guided by David Haye's Hayemaker promotions - the towering 6ft 6inch Londoner has made mincemeat of the game. Rhyming off a three-fight winning start he has already shown he's not a man in the mood to hang around.
Former amateur star in a rush to the top
At 32 years old Joyce doesn't have time on his side. He must get a move on and that's exactly what his handlers intend to do. They proved it when putting the big-hitting orthodox in with respected Ian Lewison on debut, a man who had fought for the British title in his previous outing. That wasn't enough to stop 'Juggernaut' who smashed his way to an eighth round TKO success at the 02 Arena in October of last year.
Across the city for fight two and Joe appeared on an action-packed small hall show. In a move designed to show off his skills to the nation's most dedicated fight fans, Joyce appeared at the York Hall, Bethnal Green in February. Croatian Rudolf Jozic - boasting a record of 3-1-0 at the time - was a step back in class and the winner made a mockery of it all, storming to a first round KO.
His next fight saw another brutal first round KO win over American Donnie Palmer who looked decent on paper but was well out of his depth and that was obvious from the moment both men stepped in the ring.
Prospect is already breaking records
Negotiating the early fights of a prospect's career is no mean feat. You need a good mix of confidence-boosting opponents and others who will ask questions, pose a bit of a threat without ever getting near winning. Then you require a gladiator in the opposite corner there to win, someone who's going to push the favourite around a bit.
We thought we had that in Lenroy Thomas at the 02 Arena in May - undercard of Haye v Bellew - and maybe we did, but it certainly didn't show on the night. Jamaican born Thomas may have carried a 22-4-1 CV into the squared-circle but he went no further than the second round, dismantled by a puncher who is going places and seems in a rush to get there.
That triumph over Thomas earned Joyce the Commonwealth heavyweight title and it's expected to be his first of many. Speaking to the media after breaking a 106-year record and winning the strap in only his fourth bout Joyce assured fans he will continue to be fast-tracked. But who's next on the hit-list?
Chisora next? Fans hope so
Hughie Fury recently won the British and looks certain to vacate rather than defend as he builds back towards the world title scene. David Haye has made no secret of the fact he wants his golden boy to meet Dereck Chisora next and that would make a real fan-friendly fight for the Lonsdale belt.
Joyce has already predicted he would beat Del Boy if the pair ever faced-off with his size and engine being too much for the 34-year-old with a 28-8-0 tally. There's not a lot of shrewd punters in a rush to oppose that view either.
On paper it would be an appealing bout. Chisora has lost half of his last six but remains a dangerous fighter when in the mood. Trouble is the Finchley man looks less and less interested every time we see him, but a city grudge match could get his blood boiling and the chance to wipe the smile off old rival David Haye's face would surely be encouragement enough.
University educated in fine arts, Joyce is said to be as talented on one canvas as he is deadly on the other and although he's the first to admit the likes of Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua would be a bridge too far at present, it's clear he's closing the gap with the passing of every knockout win.