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Bellew vs Haye 2: Joe Joyce's progress must be handled responsibly, says Johnny Nelson
Last Updated: 02/05/18 2:24pm
Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce is already making waves ahead of his fourth pro fight on the Tony Bellew-David Haye undercard. Johnny Nelson's verdict...
My concern is pushing him too far, too fast.
He's boxing for the Commonwealth title against Lenroy Thomas which is a winnable fight. But if he wins, it puts him in a situation where he must fight a certain level of opponent. That could hamper his development.
What if he gets through European level, still relatively inexperienced as a pro?
He's 31 so they've got to make the most of him, and make up time.
What if he gets through European level, still relatively inexperienced as a pro? Then you come across a pool of fighters who are experienced, like Dereck Chisora.
His ability, previous success and size will get him so far. But the one thing you can't buy, borrow or pretend to have is experience.
Painting a picture of Joe Joyce
He has a degree and hails from a leafy suburb of London - so why choose the hardships of boxing?
The pros is a completely different world.
I like what I've seen so far. He is loosening up - at first, I thought he was too stiff. He is a student of the game.
He's fresh and David Haye is massively singing his praises. I've never heard anyone say anything negative about his development. Every time I go to Haye's gym he is there. He likes training.