Commonwealth Games hero Joe sees a golden future

Winner: Joe Joyce proudly displays his Commonwealth Games gold medal

Winner: Joe Joyce proudly displays his Commonwealth Games gold medal

First published in Sport Wimbledon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

The new Commonwealth Games super heavy weight champion Joe Joyce says England is getting better and better as a boxing nation.

Joyce, from Putney, beat Australia’s Joseph Goodall in Saturday’s final in the SSE Hydro to claim his medal, adding it to the four gold, one silver and two bronze medals won by the English fighters.

But it is not just about the team ethos for the 28-year-old, who rarely looked in trouble from the first bell to the last of his final bout and who celebrated with his trademark back flip.

He said: “It’s a great feeling and to get that gold medal means everything to me.

“The team has been great. We’ve are getting better and better as a country, people look at us as a danger country now with the likes of Russia and Cuba.”

On route to the winner’s podium Joyce, who first climbed into a ring in 2009 and only joined the GB development squad in 2012, dispatched Seychelles’ Keddy Agnes, hometown favourite Ross Henderson and a semi-final walkover over Mike Sekabembe of Kenya.

And Joyce also revealed how a change in his pre-fight routine helped him win the gold and bury the disappointment of his European Championship showing where he was stopped by Sergey Kuzmin after 49 seconds of his semi-final.

“I’ve definitely grown as a fighter and I need to keep improving, I’ve learned that the hard way in the Europeans so I made this one right for me,” he said.

“I was a bit unlucky in the Europeans, I got rushed on and didn’t get a proper warm up.

“This time I got my preparation right and I came out fast and switched on.

“I felt in control, he was elusive and hard to hit.

“I found myself chasing him so it wasn’t the easiest to land shots.”

He added: “It’s the biggest crowd I have fought in front of and to claim the gold medal in such a great multi-sport games has been a great experience, I am just over the moon.”

After claiming gold, Joyce said he was not ruling out a move into the pro-circuit.

And he would not be the first boxer out of Earlsfield ABC to do so, as he would be following the likes of Bradley Skeete, Louis Adolphe and Kirk Garvey.

“It would be great to go it again but I would like to have good sponsors,” Joyce said.

“If I received an unrefusable offer to go pro then I would consider it.”

Wimbledon Guardian:

In familiar pose: Joe Joyce first entered the ring in 2006, now a pro future beckons after winning gold in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow


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