Joe Joyce admits he has little interest in boxing outside of his heavyweight career

Joe Joyce prefers to pick up a brush or play on his games console in his spare time than to watch a fight.

He doesn’t have a deep love for boxing and for him it’s just something he does because he’s pretty good at it.

He’s not used to boxing like Tyson Fury and he didn’t start when he was 22 when a serious injury ended his promising long jump and triple jump career.

“Yes, sometimes I miss being asked about boxing because I’m not really questioned,” he said.

“I started boxing because I love it and succeeded in it, but when there’s a topic where I know what I’m talking about, then I have a lot to say about it.



Joe Joyce celebrates his victory over Daniel Dubois

“When you do, you are more of a doer than an observer.

“But you have to do your homework because you want to know your division. Also the fights that are entertaining and exciting, you want to tune in to the great fights.

“It’s like sport in general. My pleasure comes from doing it rather than watching it. I enjoy playing video games or painting.

At 35, Joyce is older than Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua and is catching up.

He won silver at the Rio Olympics, four years after Joshua won gold, and has yet to challenge, let alone win, a world heavyweight title.

Joyce has gained momentum after his career-best win over Daniel Dubois ahead of tonight’s clash with Carlos Takam at SSE Arena, Wembley, and says there are advantages to starting boxing late.

“I think there are benefits and the fact that I played so many other sports before boxing has helped me gain many other attributes,” said the Putney fighter.

“Boxing can be very specific and narrow, but due to my background I already had a good understanding of athletics, stretching and other things, good habits that can be ignored in a boxing gym.

“I never had to gain weight as a kid like so many young fighters do, and we know it can stunt your growth.

“I know a lot of people who were good boxers when they were kids, but at 16 they were fed up and the party and girls distractions came along.

“I did all of my parties and shenanigans in college and at 22 I knew who I was and what I wanted to do.”

* Joyce v Takam is on BT Sport 1 HD from 7:15 p.m.

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