Joe Joyce, born on September 19, 1985, is a British professional boxer. He has held multiple regional heavyweight championships and held the WBO interim heavyweight title from 2022 to April 2023.
As an amateur, Joyce achieved significant success. He won a bronze medal at the 2013 European Championships, followed by gold medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2015 European Games. He also won a bronze medal at the 2015 World Championships and a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics.
Known for his exceptional punching power, relentless pace, and strong chin, Joyce is highly regarded in the heavyweight division. As of October 2022, he is ranked as the world’s second-best active heavyweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, fourth by The Ring magazine, and sixth by ESPN and BoxRec. He boasts an impressive knockout-to-win percentage of 93%.
Joyce was born in London to a Scottish-born Irish father and a mother of Nigerian origin. He grew up in London and attended Elliott School in Putney. He initially pursued track and field athletics but turned to boxing at the age of 22 due to injuries. Despite not being a big boxing fan growing up, he developed a passion for the sport after taking it up.
In addition to his boxing career, Joyce earned a BSc degree in Fine Arts from Middlesex University in 2009, graduating with Upper Second Class Honours. He has also displayed his artistic talent through exhibits with the Art of the Olympians.
During his amateur career, Joyce achieved notable victories in various tournaments and championships. He won the super heavyweight class at the 2012 ABA Championships and the 2012 GB Amateur Boxing Championships. He earned a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2015 European Games. Joyce also had success in the World Series of Boxing in 2015 and 2016.
In the 2016 Summer Olympics, Joyce won a silver medal in the super heavyweight division, reaching the final but losing to Tony Yoka of France in a controversial split decision. This silver medal marked the final medal won by Team GB at the Olympics.
Since turning professional, Joyce has continued to make a significant impact in the heavyweight division, with notable victories and impressive performances.