Boxing: David Haye reckons Joe Joyce is ready for British or Commonwealth heavyweight title shot

Joe Joyce Photo: Natalie Mayhew/ Butterfly Boxing

David Haye reckons Joe Joyce is ready to fight for the British or Commonwealth heavyweight titles – after just one victory in the professional sport.

The Clapham fighter had a glittering amateur career, winning gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and has now switched over to the paid ranks.

Joyce, promoted by Hayemaker Ringstar, stopped experienced and tough Brixton puncher Ian Lewison in eight rounds at the indigo at Greenwich’s 02 Arena tonight.

“I’m very, very happy with how he boxed,” said Haye, who promoted the show. “Tonight was 30-40 per cent of what I know he is.

“This was his first professional fight. Not many heavyweights in the world would do that against someone as tough as Ian Lewison. I believe he is in the elite – he has got to prove that.

“We want to keep him active, keep him busy. I’d be very comfortable him getting in the ring with the British champion [Sam] Sexton or the Commonwealth champion.”