Joe Joyce is widely regarded as one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. The former Olympic silver medallist, Joyce has gone on to record a spectacular professional record and continues head-high in his pursuit to touch the pinnacle of the sport.
Born on September 19, 1985, in London, England. Joe Joyce’s spectacular win over Daniel Dubois is widely regarded as one of the biggest upsets in the sport, as the Juggernaut continues to prove himself time and again.
Joe Joyce is a former Olympic silver medallist, having won gold at the 2015 European games, Bronze in the World Championships, and a gold medallist in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Joe Joyce is one of the most accomplished boxers in the amateur circuit, and his rise in the professional circuit has been nothing less than spectacular.
Joe Joyce professional boxing career
Joe Joyce made his boxing debut back in October of 2017, soon after clinching the silver medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Joyce would go on to fight six times in the year 2018, picking up stoppage wins against each of the opponents and rightfully earning the title of “Juggernaut.” In the process, he would go on to secure the vacant WBA continental heavyweight title.
However, his most notable win came against Daniel Dubois back in November of 2020, when he became the first boxer to stop the bright prospect in the 10th round to secure the British, Commonwealth, WBC Silver, WBO International, and vacant European heavyweight titles.
Joe Joyce boasts a vicious knockout power with 11 of his 12 sins coming via way of stoppage. Needless to say, Joe Joyce always stands true to his nickname, the “Juggernaut” whenever he steps inside the squared circle. Joe Joyce is a huge heavyweight, and despite the size advantage, is considerably quick on his feet. Needless to say, it is often due to this that he is also called “the new Anthony Joshua.”
Joe Joyce’s family and his Nigerian roots
Joe Joyce was never fond of boxing and got into the sport only after he failed to get into athletics due to recurring injuries. The Olympic champion has gone on record to say that, “I don’t really like boxing, but I enjoy doing it.”
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Joyce was born to Irish father Phillip Joyce and Nigerian mother Marvel Opara. Joe Joyce is half-British and half-Nigerian. Joyce’s mother recalls in a conversation with the Daily Mail that she never envisioned Joe Joyce to be a world-famous boxer.
She says how back in 2006 she decided to have her cards read, and it’s there that she was told that her son would be a famous boxer, and rightfully so.
“I didn’t believe it for a second. He had done swimming, rugby, a bit of football, athletics — and was training to be a triple jumper at the time. Boxing was not in the picture at all.”
While over the years, Joe Joyce has achieved most of the things that a boxer can even dream of, and a mother can ever hope for her son to achieve, Marvel Opara doesn’t feel her visual imparity has taken even a bit of that celebration away. However, she reflects how it’s been tough watching her son step inside the boxing ring considering she can only hear the sounds.
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Needless to say, a mother’s natural instinct is to always save her son, Marvel Opara has often found herself in difficult situations. “And for me, because I can’t see what the hell is going on, it’s worse. I can just hear all these sounds. It’s worse because you’re feeling it all instead of seeing it.”
Joe Joyce also has a younger brother, Torann Joyce, who is currently attending high school Torann, just like his elder brother has quite an interest in performing arts. Joyce has revealed that went to audition for the upcoming James Bond movie Specter to play the villain, however, failed to bag the role after he “messed up” his lines.
Joe Joyce Net worth
Joe Joyce’s estimated net worth is reported at $2 million according to Playerswiki. Needless to say, a majority of his earnings have come through his boxing career. It was reported by Sportekz, that Joe Joyce took home a whopping £1 million for his title showdown against Daniel Dubois.