Joe Joyce Aims To Take Out Alexander Ustinov In Spectacular Fashion
Joe Joyce is aiming to make a big statement against former world title challenger Alexander Ustinov, who will be making his return on May 18 at the Lamex Stadium live on BT Sport.
The fight will be the Co-main event for the fight between Billy Joe Saunders Vs Shefat Isufi for the vacant WBO Interim world super middleweight title and will be his first fight, since making a promotional pact with Frank Warren.
Ustinov, 34-3 (25 KOs) is a huge step up for Joyce and a win for hih will actually move him up on the heavyweight rankings, as Ustinov has been ranked highly amongst the heavyweight contenders.
Ustinov was unbeaten in the first seven years of his career and only got beaten when he challenged for the European title and the vacant IBF world title against Kubrat Pulev in September 2012. He then won his next seven fights, winning the WBA International title before losing via unanimous decision while challenging WBA regular world title against Manuel Charr in November 2017.
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Joe Joyce has had a pretty good start to his professional career after a good amateur experience. Joyce is the Commonwealth, WBA Continental champion and in his last outing won the WBA Gold title with a knockout against former world champion Bermane Stiverne in February.
He is presently the Mandatory challenger to the British, European and WBA regular world titles.
“I could have waited until the big fight night on July 13th, but I wanted to keep busy. I didn’t want a journeyman, so we chose a 6 foot 8 inch giant and former world heavyweight title challenger Alexander Ustinov who’s only lost 3 times. He is big, awkward and he can punch. My aim is to take him out in spectacular fashion and put on a great show for the fans at the Lamex stadium.