There will be some big fights in the heavyweight and light-heavyweight divisions this year
Heavyweight contender Joe Joyce is all but certain to fight Luis Ortiz in 2019, at least that’s the claim of his manager Sam Jones.
The S-Jam Boxing supremo declared it is “95 per cent” likely that the 7-0 Brit will take on the much-avoided 30-1 Cuban this year during a social media Q&A on Saturday night.
Joyce, 33, turned professional in October 2017 and won the Commonwealth title within his first year on the scene.
He appeared on his biggest stage yet on December 1, knocking out Joe Hanks in an undercard bout prior to Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury.
Also on the show that night was Luis Ortiz, who stopped Travis Kauffman and was subsequently linked to a fight with the Brit.
Both Joyce and Ortiz are signed to powerful US advisor Al Haymon and so a bout between them should not be difficult to put together, although it’s claimed Joyce will first return on the undercard of James DeGale vs Chris Eubank Jr on February 23.
That same night, promoter Frank Warren is hosting a rival show in Leicester which will be headlined by Sam Bowen vs Ronnie Clark for the British super-featherweight title.
On the undercard, Anthony Yarde will return to the ring, with Warren having informed IFLTV that the aim is for him to be matched against France’s Mehdi Amar.
The 36-year-old light-heavyweight took now-WBC light-heavyweight champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk the distance last March, but has also been beaten a total of six times in his 43 fight career.
Whether he can provide a stern test for the fast rising British prospect is yet to be seen, though from the Gvozdyk fight alone he does have more name recognition than most of Yarde’s opponents to date.
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