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Joe Joyce vs. Richard Lartey on June 15th at O2 Arena in London

Dynamite-fisted Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion Joe Joyce will defend his title and unbeaten record against Ghanaian powerhouse Richard Lartey at the home of London boxing, The York Hall, Bethnal Green, on Friday 15th June, televised live and exclusive on free-to-air Dave.

The ‘Juggernaut', from Putney in South West London, moves fast to make the first defence of the title that he won only last month at London’s O2 Arena with a devastating second round KO of Lenroy Thomas.

In registering that stunning victory, Joyce became the first ever heavyweight boxer to win the prestigious Commonwealth title in just his fourth fight - and with only 12 professional rounds under his belt.

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The 2016 Olympic Silver Medallist made an explosive entry into the professional ranks last October with an eighth round stoppage of the experienced and former British title challenger Ian Lewison.

He followed that up that unheralded debut win with two explosive first round victories this year against Rudolf Jozic in February and then Donnie Palmer in March before facing experienced 21-4 Thomas a tricky southpaw.

Joyce, 32, now faces a stern test against the big-punching Lartey, who fights out of Ghana’s legendary fighting city of Accra that has produced some of Africa’s greatest ever boxers including Azumah Nelson and Ike Quartey.

The 6ft 5in Lartey, previously the Ghanaian Heavyweight Champion, holds a 13-fight record with 12 wins, nine coming by way of knockout and he likes to end fights early with five of those big KOs coming inside the second round.  He challenged for the WBC Youth Silver Heavyweight title in December 2014 which resulted in his sole career loss, but has remained undefeated in six fights since.

However, Joyce relishes the challenge and says he is looking forwarding to comparing his firepower to Lartey’s and is confident he will extinguish whatever his opponent brings to the ring.

Joyce said, “The bigger the challenge the better I perform and Lartey looks like he can pack some power in the ring so lets see if he can bring it on against me.  Four stoppages in four fights and the Commonwealth title is already ticked off.  I’ll be going all out to make Lartey number five, keep hold of my belt and tear it up going forward.  I haven’t even be a pro for a year yet, I’m thrilled with my progress so far and there is so much more to come from me, it’s frightening when I think about what I’m going to be doing in the heavyweight division.”

Joyce v Lartey headlines a fantastic fight card that features an array of talent and in the chief supporting contest, Sam Smith and Anisha Basheel clash for the Vacant Commonwealth Female Lightweight title; MMA superstar Michael “Venom” Page, fresh off his Bellator victory last month, returns to the boxing ring and faces Michael Ciash over four rounds at light-heavyweight; female fighting sensation Savannah Marshall, Britain’s first ever female World Amateur Champion, features in a six-round super-middleweight contest; the incredible and inspirational Ruqsana Begum faces Ivanka Ivanova in a rematch after their contest ended in a draw in March and collide over four rounds at super-flyweight; red-hot unbeaten Welsh super-middleweight Kody Davies will face Eric Mokonzo over four-rounds

Completing the card will be Richmond super-middleweight Chris Davies, the exciting pro-debut of heavyweight George Fox, son of renowned trainer Don Charles; Hitchin super-welterweight Tom Ansall, Luton super-welterweight Linus Udofia, Hayes featherweight Fuad Huseen and Rochester super-featherweight Brandon Ball.

Remaining tickets priced at £40 and VIP Ringside Seating at £150 (both subject to booking fee) are available from iboxingtickets.com

Hayemaker Ringstar Fight Night airs live and exclusive on free-to-air Dave from 9pm.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by artfuL_ on 06-09-2018

Can't really bag the guy when the fight is a week after announcement.

Comment by juggernaut666 on 06-09-2018

[QUOTE=Straightener;18843849]Didn’t realise Schaefer was involved to be honest Why are they having him fight a guy ranked 188 . Odd move and a step back[/QUOTE] Stay busy fight . Around fight 10 you probably see him get a semi challenge…

Comment by Rubber Ducky on 06-09-2018

Disappointing opponent for a guy who is meant to be fast tracked. But at least he's staying busy and not sitting on the side lines. But it's clear they are struggling to find a decent opponent for him, Haye just…

Comment by Straightener on 06-09-2018

[QUOTE=juggernaut666;18842999]Joyce also has Schaeffer isnt that guy a big wig ?[/QUOTE] Didn’t realise Schaefer was involved to be honest Why are they having him fight a guy ranked 188 . Odd move and a step back

Comment by juggernaut666 on 06-08-2018

[QUOTE=Straightener;18842619]He’s definatly exciting and I recon he could do well but haye is gonna have to pay top wack for any contender to jump in with a 5 fight pro He needs to sign with warren or Hearn[/QUOTE] Joyce also…

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