Joyce going for gold at World Boxing Championships
Joe Joyce was not even on England’s radar two years ago when the last Amateur Boxing World Championships were held – but next week in Kazakhstan he will be going for super-heavyweight gold.
Since winning the Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABAE) championships last year, Joyce has been propelled up the Britain and England rankings, culminating in a bronze medal at the European Championships in June and a spot in the Great Britain squad for the World Series of Boxing (WSB).
He has also won silver medals at the Ahmet Comert tournament in Turkey and the Algirdas Socikas tournament in Lithuania this year – but he is now aiming to go one better and snatch gold in Almaty when the tournament gets under way on Monday.
“I got bronze at the Euros and silver in Turkey, so, hopefully, it will be gold at the worlds,” said the 28-year-old Earlsfield ABC representative from Putney.
“I’m feeling good, I am in good form and I am ready to go.
“The more you win and the better you do, the more you understand how you can get more success.
“It’s quite simple really, train hard and win fights.”
In Turkey in August, Joyce and the rest of England’s boxers competed under the International Boxing Association (AIBA) flag because of an ongoing dispute between the ABAE and AIBA.
ABAE was suspended from competition, and its boxers preventing from fighting for them, because the AIBA believed there had been external interference from Sport England into ABAE’s constitution and because ABAE stopped WSB boxers competing in the National Championships because they were training without headguards.
But the suspension was lifted last month when AIBA fined ABAE £3,400 – clearing the way for Joyce to fight under the England flag once more.
“I thought it would get sorted out and I think we would have been able to do it anyway representing AIBA and not England – but that would have been madness,” added Joyce, who will compete without a headguard in Kazakhstan after rules making them compulsory were lifted for the first time since 1984.
“I prefer it without, it’s less restricting as with a headguard there’s a strap under your chin.
“I fought without headguards in the WSB so I am used to it, whereas some people might not have had the experience so it could be a hindrance for them.”
The Championships begin on Monday and run until October 26.
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