Thursday, 19 October 2017
Olympian Joe Joyce debut tomorrow as he takes on Ian Lewison over 10 at Indigo.
Ian Lewison 12-3-1 (8 Ko's) is 36 years old and only last October challenged Dillian Whyte for the British title losing his game effort in the 10th. Prior to that he was coming off a 6 fight winning streak, ending with a trip to Nanning, China last June to upset 7-0 Zhiyu Wu to claim the Vacant WBO Asia Pacific title..
Amongst Ians victories there are respectable stoppage wins over Timo Hoffman, Dorian Darch and Tom Dallas.. Lewison did lose a points decision to Colin Kenna back in 2011, and drop a split verdict to Derrick Rossy back in the 2013 Prizefighter tourney, but is still definitely a huge test for any debutant..
Joyce is highly accomplished, in 2012 he was ABA super heavyweight champion, in 2013 he was a European championship bronze medalist, in 2014 he was a Commonwealth games gold medalist, in 2015 he was a European games gold medalist and in 2016 picked up an Olympic Silver medal in Rio, narrowly missing out to Tony Yoka of France. In addition to this Joe has been mixing it in outstanding company in the WSOB, boxing guys like Oleksandr Usyk and Ivan Dychko routinely, along with high level sparring with Anthony Joshua and more recently Bermaine Stiverne. Joyce isn't a baby and although he is technically taking his first steps as a paid fighter, he's probably a closer equivalent to a seasoned pro considering the kind of amateur grounding he has had.. Either way to jump from 3 to 10, and throw off your vest against a live name, is a huge milestone.
Lewison v Joyce will be broadcast live on Dave, Friday 20th October.