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Joe Joyce To Challenge Lenroy Thomas For Commonwealth Belt

By Elliot Foster

Joe Joyce will fight for his first title on Tony Bellew’s undercard next month.

Bellew takes on David Haye in a heavyweight grudge rematch on May 5, exclusively live on Sky Sports.

And the Olympic silver medallist, 33, who is promoted by Haye, has been confirmed as one of the fighters on the undercard of the O2 Arena showpiece. Joyce has raced to 3-0 since turning professional last October and will challenge Jamaica’s Lenroy Thomas for the Commonwealth heavyweight title on the card.

It was thought that Joyce could face former British, Commonwealth and European champion Dereck Chisora, but that fight –– mentioned after Joyce won inside a round back in March –– failed to materialise.

Thomas, 33, has a record of 22-4-1 with 10 early and is well known to British fight fans, having travelled twice to Yorkshire in the past 11 months to take on David Allen.

Their last meeting, back in March at the FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield, ended in a technical decision after ‘The White Rhino’ suffered a cut in the opening round.

And he has decided to give ‘Juggernaut’ Joyce a crack at the crown in what will be only the Londoner’s fourth fight in the paid code after a stellar amateur career.

Meanwhile, Jordan Gill’s addition to the card has also been confirmed and he will be joined by Paul Butler who faces Puerto Rico’s undefeated bantamweight Emmanuel Rodriguez for the vacant IBF world title.

The main event is flanked by a whole host of names, with John Ryder clashing against Jamie Cox over 12 rounds in the super-middleweight division.

Martin J Ward defends his European super-featherweight title against WBA International champion James Tennyson in what is being described as a world title eliminator, while Joshua Buatsi returns.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by RJJ-94-02=GOAT on 04-19-2018

[QUOTE=NEETzsche;18685194]In fairness he improved exponentially in the Olympic cycle between London and Rio[/QUOTE] Yeah he’s definitely improved, I’m not trying to slate Joyce, I like the guy and have watched him live before, I just don’t think he’ll cut it…

Comment by RJJ-94-02=GOAT on 04-19-2018

[QUOTE=juggernaut666;18685110]Last time i checked he was a pro??:yeah: You said he was EXPOSED by Lewison and showed how average he was with no skills ? DUMMY . This is the problem with you constantly putting your foot in your mouth…

Comment by NEETzsche on 04-19-2018

[QUOTE=RJJ-94-02=GOAT;18682473]Remember when you tried to claim SENIOR ABA champion Joyce was a novice when Kuzmin iced him???😭😭🙈🙈[/QUOTE] In fairness he improved exponentially in the Olympic cycle between London and Rio

Comment by Shontae De'marc on 04-19-2018

[QUOTE=White Willie;18682479]I'm being deadly serious and you all better watch the fcuk out.[/QUOTE] Relse imma pop a cap in yo ass!

Comment by juggernaut666 on 04-19-2018

[QUOTE=RJJ-94-02=GOAT;18682473]He won’t cut it at as a pro and he was more than capable enough to deal with Lewison, I was bang on the money. When did I ever say he was exposed by Lewison???? Remember when you tried to…

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