Joe Joyce has his sights set on Dereck Chisora after he delivered a huge knockout to make 'Big Nasty’ Donnie Palmer his third victim since turning professional.
The 2016 Rio Olympics silver medallist, fresh from victories over Rudolf Jozic and Ian Lewison, sensationally produced a ferocious one-two combination inside 38 seconds to floor the imposing 6ft 10in American heavyweight at London’s iconic York Hall on Saturday night - shown live on UK terrestrial TV station Channel 5.
As an amateur, Palmer beat former IBF world champion Charles Martin and one-time world title contender Dominic Breazeale. But the 34-year-old was certainly no match for the ‘Juggernaut’, who promoter David Haye has described as a ‘future world champion in the beginning of his career’.
And now Joyce is hoping to fight the fellow Brit next on the eagerly-anticipated undercard of promoter Haye’s May 5 rematch against Tony Bellew at the O2 Arena.
"I was quite surprised," said Joyce, reflecting on the manner in which he dispatched Palmer. I think it's great that Donnie Palmer got in contact with us because a lot of people - like Dereck Chisora - who have been ducking me. But the work behind the scenes with Ismael Salas and Ruben Tabares has paid off. I hit him [Palmer] with some force and it did the job. It just shows how I'm progressing.”
Promoter Haye saluted Joyce and now wants Chisora to accept terms to fight his man.
"We wanted to focus on Joe exploding out of the blocks and I'm not surprised with what I've seen tonight," said Haye.
"That is what we'll see against Dereck Chisora on May 5. I saw Don Charles, Chisora's trainer, and said we have a very fair financial package for Derek. Hopefully now Chisora, who shook Joe Joyce's hand, will step up to the occasion. I believe my boy Joe Joyce is ready for it. If you're watching Derek, give the fans the fight they want to see."