Hayemaker Promotions presents a special night from the York Hall, featuring big-hitting heavyweight Joe Joyce and a strong undercard. Betfair's Frankie Monkhouse looks to pick out the betting value...
"JJ to win in round eight, as he did last time, is 8/1 and that’s sure to be popular. Rounds seven or eight gives a safety net at 7/2"
David Haye, for Hayemaker Promotions, presents a night of championship boxing from the sport's spiritual home, York Hall. The Bethnal Green venue is a real favourite with fans, history oozing out of the walls, creating a truly unique atmosphere.
Many of the game's biggest names have cut their teeth in the old hall, and a new crop are aiming to do just that on Friday night, including heavyweight sensation Joe Joyce. The decorated amateur made his long-awaited debut late last year when stopping Ian Lewison and fans are hungry for more. He continues his education against German-based Rudolph Jozic.
Joyce is a man in a hurry
32-year-old Joyce, seemingly in a rush to make up for lost time in the paid ranks, enjoyed an impressive bow when taking on respected opponent Ian Lewison over 10 rounds at the 02 Arena. Many thought starting with a 10 rounder was a mistake, but it didn't matter as he only needed eight, sending his man to the canvas in a TKO win. Expected to win again, by everyone bar Jozic - maybe even him too - [1.02] trading on the Betfair Exchange.
That prices punters out of a play on the fight winner market, forcing interested parties to think for themselves. It now becomes a case of how Joyce wins. There's 1/4 available on another knockout, and that's a decent shout, all things considered, while those looking to take a risk can try the points cheer at 11/4. JJ to win in round eight, as he did last time, is 8/1 and that's sure to be popular. Rounds seven or eight gives a safety net at 7/2. All prices available on the Betfair Sportsbook.
So, what, if anything, does Rudolph Jozic bring to the table? Well, it's almost impossible to get excited about his chances of winning the fight, even at the Sportsbook's 20/1. The 6ft 5inch 25-year-old brings a 60% KO average and will look to call on both that power and his superior ring experience to get something out of this trip. 33/1 says he'll ruin the party inside-the-distance. Not for me.
Kiwitt to shine on the undercard
Elsewhere on the card and London-based Freddy Kiwitt battles Tamuka Mucha over 12 rounds for the vacant English title. 27-year-old Kiwitt has really caught the eye on the small hall scene during his first 14 bouts - winning 12 and losing two - and he'll see this as a chance to launch his career towards the big time, and the increased purses that accompany it.
Kiwitt may have lost two but the two fighters who got the better of him, both on points, look something special, meaning he dropped nothing in defeat, while learning plenty. This looks a great chance to add a 13th career win while getting more rounds in the bank, building that CV in the process. We'll go for the local lad to edge his Reading opponent on the scorecards. One for the purists to enjoy.