Joe Joyce Wins on Debut

By Cain Bradley on October 21, 2017
Joe Joyce Wins on Debut
Time will tell whether his style is effective but ugly or both ineffective and ugly. (Reuters)

Joyce will rarely, if ever, look like a great boxer. But he is huge, has a stinging jab and a great work rate for a heavyweight…

Joe Joyce (1-0) proved he was not here to mess around in a South London Derby. The Olympic silver medalist took on a huge challenge in Ian Lewison (12-4-1) over ten rounds. Joyce will rarely, if ever, look like a great boxer. But he is huge, has a stinging jab and a great work rate for a heavyweight. Lewison did land a few shots early but Joyce barely blinked. Joyce followed the advice of Ismael Salas in the corner and his jab was just too much for Lewison. Lewison struggled through the end of the third round, Joyce pummeling him against the ropes. He finally finished him in the eighth as the corner through the corner in with Lewison bloodied and bruised. Joyce looks like a boxer who knows what he is and that will take him far. If he can improve the fluidity of his punches, especially the left hook then he could be a huge factor. His defense and over reliance on the left hand could also be improved. Hopefully David Haye continues the aggressive matching and we see him in against the Commonwealth or British Champion next time. The doubt does remain though that the eye test is telling us Joyce is not very good. Only time will tell whether his style is effective but ugly or both ineffective and ugly.

Michael “Venom” Page (MVP)(1-0) looked pretty much as expected. He is a kickboxing champion and an impressive MMA fighter. He fought Jonathan Castano (2-12-1) and stopped him in the third round with a terrifyingly huge right hand. He is unpredictable, with his hands low, unique movement and a taunting style. His power has been highly touted on the training scene but you would have expected him to get the Spaniard out of there quicker. Three times he was stopped in the second round so for me, Page disappointed. Flashy skills are great, I just don’t know how far he goes with it. I think he probably spends less time in a boxing ring than we hope and we never see him lose as he goes 7-0 against journeyman.

“Braveheart” Willy Hutchinson (1-0) stopped Attila Tibor Nagy (10-27-1) in the first round as the ref jumped in during the second minutes. The Scottish fighter had one of the most impressive amateur careers from a British boxer ever with numerous youth titles. Only 19, Hutchinson showed a great fluidity with an ability to mix up his combinations with great movement and body shots.

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