Joe Joyce

Joe Joyce vs. Richard Lartey l Main Card Fight Previews and Predictions

British Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion Joe Joyce (4-0-0) is scheduled to defend his strap against Ghanaian crusher Richard Lartey (12-1-0) at The York Hall, Bethnal Green, on Friday 15th June. The event is being televised live and exclusive on free-to-air Dave. This is Joyce’s second fight in 2018, following his recent win over Lenroy Thomas last month. He headlines a full card of local talent, all of which is covered in our fight preview below.

 

Fight preview for main event

Known also as the ‘Juggernaut’, the softly-spoken man from Putney in South West London is wasting no time in parting waters in the heavyweight division to land a big money fight. Backed by boxer-come-promoter David haye, Joyce fought only four weeks ago at London’s O2 Arena when he finished off Lenroy Thomas with a clinical knockout.

By earning that victory Joyce made history in becoming the first heavyweight boxer to win the prestigious Commonwealth title in only four fights. Furthermore, this milestone was set in with just 12 professional rounds to his name, a nod to his KO potency at this level.

When asked about his upcoming bout with Lartey, Joyce commented: “The bigger the challenge the better I perform and Lartey looks like he can pack some power in the ring so lets see if he can bring it on against me. Four stoppages in four fights and the Commonwealth title is already ticked off. I’ll be going all out to make Lartey number five, keep hold of my belt and tear it up going forward.

I haven’t even be a pro for a year yet, I’m thrilled with my progress so far and there is so much more to come from me, it’s frightening when I think about what I’m going to be doing in the heavyweight division.”

 

Joe Joyce form and recent fight record

The Londoner has been busy putting on a show in his home town of late, emerging victorious in all of his professional fights and setting a high benchmark of an early stoppage against every fighter he has faced so far. The Juggernaut’s momentum is partly forced by his killer instinct in the ring but also the need to meet the Anthony Joshua’s of this world with an urgency. As a thirty-something boxer, his window to stardom is shorter than most hence the rapid return to the ring after wiping the floor with a luke-warm Lenroy Thomas.

Date

Opponent

Venue

Result

Method

05/05/18 Lenroy Thomas O2 Arena (Millenium Dome), Greenwich W KO
17/03/18 Donnie Palmer* York Hall, Bethnal Green W KO
16/02/18 Rudolf Jozic York Hall, Bethnal Green W KO
20/10/17 Ian Lewison Indigo at The O2, Greenwich W TKO

Richard Lartey form and recent fight record

Richard Lartey is a man with little presence in the boxing scene outside of Accra, where he has plied his trade for almost all of his professional fighting career. The Ghanaian has been flown in to test his 12-1-0 record, which is buoyed by a reputable 70% KO ratio. Even with a stellar CV on paper, Lartey’s opposition is not only of a different continent but calibre also, and in facing a somewhat unstoppable force on Joyce who comes with Olympic Games experience baked in. One thing that can’t be said against Lartey is his appetite for a boxing match – in 2017 he boxed six times, collecting a win on each occasion.

Date

Opponent

Venue

Result

Method

03/12/17 Jones Quarshie* Seconds Out Boxing Gymnasium, Accra W KO
14/10/17 John Dugu City Engineers Yard, Accra W KO
30/09/17 Ibrahim Marshall Seconds Out Boxing Gymnasium, Accra W UD
15/09/17 Kwesi Tutu Seconds Out Boxing Gymnasium, Accra W UD
09/09/17 David Okai Seconds Out Boxing Gymnasium, Accra W TKO

 

Joe Joyece vs. Richard Lartey fight prediction

Joyce is on a mission and no intruder at domestic level is going to break his stride at this point in his career. It; doesn’t take a bookmaker to plant the odds heavily in the British champion’s favour, so if you’re looking for a pun on this fight look beyond the obvious KO for Joyce. That’s the outcome we’re backing for a prediction in this main event. Not a question of if, but how soon. And for Christ sake Joe, leave the sombrero at home this time.

 

Joe Joyce vs. Richard Lartey fight card

  • Joe Joyce vs. Richard Lartey, 12 rounds, for Joyce’s Commonwealth heavyweight title
  • Sam Smith vs. Anisha Bashell, 10 rounds, female lightweights
  • Michael Page vs. Michael Ciach, 4 rounds, light heavyweights
  • Savannah Marshall vs. TBA, 6 rounds, female super middleweights
  • Ruqsana Begum vs. Ivanko Ivanova, 4 rounds, female junior bantamweights
  • Kody Davies vs. Eric Mokonzo, 4 rounds, super middleweights
  • Jumanne Camero vs. Michael Devine, 10 rounds, lightweights
  • Chris Davies vs. Callum Ide, 4 rounds, super middleweights
  • George Fox vs. Phil Williams, 4 rounds, heavyweights
  • Tom Ansell vs. Fonz Alexander, 4 rounds, welterweights
  • Linus Udofia vs. Eric Nwankwo, 6 rounds, middleweights
  • Brandon Ball vs. Luke Fash, 4 rounds, junior lightweights

 

How to watch Joe Joyece vs. Richard Lartey

At this hour you’ll do well to secure one of the few remaining tickets for this event in London. A ringside seat is priced at £40, whilst a VIP package can range to £150. Tickets and all other information can be found online at iboxingtickets.com

This heavyweight title fight is a main event from Hayemaker Ringstar Fight Night, which airs live and exclusive on free-to-air Dave from 9pm. Viewers outside of the UK can catch all the action through online streaming platforms.

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