JOYCE MAKES HIS MOVE

Joe’s US de­but can be the start of big things,

Boxing News - - Previews - writes Daniel Her­bert

AF­TER five wins as a pro­fes­sional in the UK, all in­side the dis­tance, Bri­tain’s 2016 Olympic sil­ver medal­list Joe Joyce makes his move onto the US scene on Sun­day (Septem­ber 30) when he boxes Iago Kiladze at the Cit­i­zens Busi­ness Bank Arena in On­tario, Cal­i­for­nia.

This Box­na­tion/fox Sports 1-tele­vised show is staged by TGB Pro­mo­tions, but more im­por­tantly is part of the PBC op­er­a­tion run by in­flu­en­tial ad­viser Al Hay­mon, with whom Joyce has linked up. That could be cru­cial in get­ting big fights for the Put­ney gi­ant, who holds the Com­mon­wealth heavy­weight crown but at 33 has no time to waste.

Joyce, now trained by Abel Sanchez in Big Bear, Cal­i­for­nia, ought not to slip up in his eight-rounder against Kiladze. The 32-year-old Ge­or­gian based in Los An­ge­les is 26-3 (18) but has been KO’D by cruis­er­weight Youri Kalenga (two rounds) in 2013, and, in his two out­ings this year, Adam Kow­nacki (six rounds) and Michael Hunter (five rounds).

The 6ft 6in Joyce will have about three inches in height and 30lbs in weight over Kiladze, so can grind him down with his high work rate for a stop­page in the bout’s sec­ond half. Then on to big­ger things.

Top­ping the bill is a wel­ter­weight 12-rounder be­tween shop­worn Cal­i­for­nian vet­er­ans Vic­tor Or­tiz, 32-6-3 (25), and

John Molina Jnr, 30-7 (24). South­paw Or­tiz, a for­mer WBC 147lb champ, can win on points.

There’s an eight-round run-out against an op­po­nent to be named for Har­les­den’s

James De­gale, 24-2-1 (14), like Joyce a Hay­mon client, while await­ing the ma­jor fight that led him to re­lin­quish his IBF su­per-mid­dleweight ti­tle rather than meet low-re­ward manda­tory Jose Uz­categui.

And Pontl­lan­fraith light-heavy prospect

Kody Davies, 7-0 (3), boxes an eightrounder against Jer­hed Fen­der­son, a 4-6 (2) op­po­nent from Las Ve­gas.

Photo: AC­TION IM­AGES/ADAM HOLT

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