In preparation for October’s super-fight with Daniel Dubois at the 02 Arena, Joe Joyce returns to action this weekend as he looks to shake off any ring rust against Michael Wallisch.
Although he has suffered defeat in three of his last four, on paper, the fight represents something of a risk for ‘The Juggernaught’ with his German counterpart boasting a 20-3 record.
Nonetheless, after a tough outing last time against Bryant Jennings, in which Joyce earnt a unanimous decision verdict, he will be eyeing a return to his characteristically explosive ways with a stoppage against Wallisch on Saturday night at the BT Sport studio.
In a recent interview with BBTV, Joyce revealed that he has managed to stay active and maintain a good level of fitness throughout lockdown, which could be important given how impactful his engine is during fights.
He also stated his belief that the Dubois fight in October will be ‘an all out slugfest’.
The card also features an intriguing battle at super-bantamweight, with Chris Bourke and Ramez Mahmood clashing for the Southern Area title. Both fighters are undefeated and will see the bout and platform as an opportunity to propel their career to the next level.
Power punching Bourke has halted five of his seven opponents inside the distance and will be looking to land a career-best victory against the more experienced Mahmood, in what promises to be an exciting contest.
Having defeated Jack Budge at featherweight over ten rounds last year, Mahmood is looking to become two-weight Area champion and showcase his skillset to a wider audience on BT Sport.
Never lacking in explosiveness, Denzel Bentley also returns on the card as he takes on perhaps his toughest test yet in Preston’s Mick Hall.
Bentley will be looking set up a mouthwatering clash with heavy hander Brit, Mark Heffron, who he has shared social media exchanges with during lockdown.
Highly rated prospect, Louie Lynn also steps up as he takes on Monty Ogilvie in what should be another exciting and competitive bout.
Lynn is widely tipped for success in the paid ranks having enjoyed a decorated amateur career, which included winning the U20 Novices, then the 2017 ABA Elite Championship and the GB Championship, as well becoming an England international.
The show opens with Hammersmith’s 19-year-old talent Henry Turner making his third appearance in the paid ranks as he takes on Chris Adaway.
The former Repton fighter is yet to put a foot wrong as a pro having turned over after winning an impressive seven national amateur titles.