JOE JOYCE hopes to give his iron jaw a well deserved night against Joseph Parker.
The 36-year-old Putney heavyweight has the most apt nickname in boxing, but The Juggernaut wants to be seen as much more than an unstoppable force or immovable object.
The WBO No. 1 contender patiently awaited his shot at Oleksandr Usyk’s title with a couple of warm-ups against Christian Hammer and Carlos Takam.
But the notoriously slow starter scared his fans with both TKO wins.
And the paint puncher plans to show off his boxing skills against Parker next Saturday.
The art historian said: “To be honest, I don’t want to rely on my chin anymore.
“I would prefer to avoid hits or block them or slip and counter.
“I’m always trying to improve my skills and my biomechanics and that’s one thing I love about boxing, you can always improve.
“I’m sure Parker and his team see a way to hurt me, but we’ll see.”
Joyce was due to lose the November 2020 clash with Daniel Dubois but slammed the prospect of surrender after the build-up turned spiteful.
This time around, the rivalry is far milder — for now.
Joyce said, “We’re pretty much alike in a lot of ways. He is friendly.
“It’s refreshing to take the lead with an opponent like that.
“But I’m sure he’ll get a lot more serious when the bell rings because I know I will.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/boxing/6245049/joyce-parker-heavyweight-boxing/ “I’d like to stop relying on it” – Joe Joyce looking to release an iron night ahead of Joseph Parker fight