Via Mark Eisner: High-ranked heavyweight Joe ‘Juggernaut’ Joyce (13-0, 12 KOs) will return to the ring after a year of layoffs tonight against capable Christian Hammer (27-9, 17 KOs) ) in the main event of 12 rounds. at Wembley Arena in London.
Boxing News 24 will update live and the results of the action below for the Joyce vs. Hammer.
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2016 Olympic silver medalist Joyce had planned to take on Joseph Parker, but that match couldn’t be made. As a result, the 34-year-old veteran Hammer was brought in to give ‘Juggernaut’ some rounds.
“You can expect good things. He’s playing the game and it looks like he’s hungry, and I think it’s going to be an uphill fight,” Joe Joyce told Behind the gloves about his busy 12-round match tonight against 34-year-old journeyman Christian Hammer.
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“He’s durable, and he’s bombing,” Joyce continued about Hammer. “Let’s see if he can live with me through the rounds. Well, trying to get him out there sooner than the others will be a bonus.
“But like he said, he had a training camp, so it was going to be tough, and that was heavyweight boxing. I need to be careful. I’ve got a good position and I want to keep it.
“I am disappointed and I think so are the fans, and everyone who will be watching to see it. It was a big event to happen, but unfortunately. It happens in boxing,” Joyce said when asked for his thoughts on his previously planned fight against former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker that failed.
“I had a good position. I’m #1 with WBO and #2 WBC, so there are a lot of good matches for me. I was about to have an injury, and I recovered from all of that.
“I went out in Vegas and did three camps in Vegas with [Ismael] Salas, so I’m improving and adding more weapons to my arsenal. I’m in a good place and have a warm-up fight with Hammer.
“I don’t look down on him because he’s going to be a tough night, I think. Quack-quack, him and his team,” Joyce said when asked if Parker was dodging him.
“He needs to fight me; I don’t have to fight him,” ‘The Juggernaut’ said of Parker. “I’m at a level where I can fight these guys,” Joyce said of his comments to Anthony Joshua during the match that were leaked years ago.
“With AJ, footage was leaked of the fight, and he said he was going to beat me in a round and things like that. So I had to fight back and give my opinion,” Joyce said.