Joe Joyce: Record, KOs, height, trainer and everything you need to know as he faces Carlos Takam with Anthony Joshua in his sights

All the former Olympian's key professional statistics ahead of his return to the ring on BT Sport.

Published: 2 July 2021 - 10.37am

British heavyweight Joe Joyce returns to the ring on Saturday 24 July to face Carlos Takam as he continues his meteoric rise through the division.

The 35-year-old has not fought since he overpowered British rival Daniel Dubois and the the former Olympian has no time to waste in his quest to earn a world title shot.

Here, we take you through 'The Juggernaut's' key career stats ahead of his must-win meeting with Takam.

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Joe Joyce: Amateur career

The former lifeguard fell in love with boxing in his early twenties during a summer break at university when he began training at ABC gym in Earlsfield, London. 

Joyce turned professional in October 2017 after a glittering amateur career, winning gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, silver at the 2013 European Amateur Championships and bronze at the 2015 World Championships.

One of the highlights of his career remains his silver medal for Team GB at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Joe Joyce: Record

The Juggernaut is unbeaten since making his professional debut, winning 12 fights in a row.

He produced an impressive performance on the undercard of Tyson Fury's first fight with Deontay Wilder back in December 2018, flooring Joe Hanks with a thunderous left hook to record a first-round stoppage.

Joyce also has notable wins over Bermane Stiverne, Alexander Ustinov and Bryant Jennings on his record and he beat unheralded German Michael Wallisch in his last fight in July.

His most famous victory date is also his most recent as Joyce landed a huge upset in London to hand Dubois his first defeat with a 10th-round stoppage.

Joyce's metronomic jab did all the damage as Dubois was forced to take a knee in the 10th with a badly-damaged eye socket that was obscuring his vision.

A rematch between the British duo remains a possibility in the future.

Joe Joyce: Knockouts

11 of Joyce's 12 victories have come by way of knockout, giving him a staggering KO ratio of 92%.

His points victory over Jennings in July 2019 was the first time in his professional career that he has failed to KO his opponent.

His shock victory over heavyweight prospect Dubois was his most recent stoppage.

Joe Joyce: Height

Joyce is 6ft 6in (198cm).

Joe Joyce: Reach

Joyce has a reach of 80in (203cm).

Joe Joyce: Trainer

Having parted company with former trainer Adam Booth in early 2002, Joyce began training in Las Vegas with Ismael Salas ahead of bouts against Michael Wallisch and Dubois.

The legendary coach was unable to take his position in Joyce's corner for the Dubois clash after contracting Covid-19 in Las Vegas, but the Cuban is set to be in attendance on July 24.

Joe Joyce: Next fight and future opponent

Joyce will make his return to the ring on July 24 against Takam, 40.

Joyce had high hopes of securing a fight Oleksandr Usyk this summer as part of a WBO eliminator.

However the Ukrainian has since earned a mandatory shot at Anthony Joshua after Tyson Fury was forced to take up a trilogy rematch against Deontay Wilder.

With his world title aspirations on hold, Joyce will now put his WBO international heavyweight and WBC silver titles on the line against Takam, who had also been lined up as a potential opponent for Fury at the end of last year.

Joyce has not been in action since last year since he forced Daniel Dubois to take a knee in November last year, inflicting defeat on the young Londoner for the first time in his career.

Frank Warren on Joe Joyce world title shot

“The heavyweight logjam at the top end probably won’t clear for some considerable time now if events play out as anticipated," Warren told BT Sport recently.

“Tyson Fury is going into his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua, unless he drops a belt, must deal with a mandatory defence of his WBO title.

“If Tyson and AJ both come through unscathed then the obvious intention is for them to finally get it on in what would be a two-fight blockbuster.

"The same is true for Big Joe. Unfortunately for the Juggernaut, plans for his assault on the top end of the division were delayed and thwarted by uncertainty over the Tyson-AJ fight.

"As WBO mandatory, Oleksandr Usyk wouldn’t sign up to an Interim world title fight with Joe until the battle of the Brits was over the line – and even then there remained a legal challenge from his side.

“Now, with Tyson fighting Wilder, Usyk can exercise his right to a Joshua fight and Joe will be in mandatory challenger position to the winner.”

Joe Joyce meets Carlos Takam exclusively live on BT Sport on Saturday 24 July.