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.