Joe Joyce could upgrade silver from the Rio 2016 Olympics to gold as the IOC continues its investigation into suspicious fights

JOE JOYCE could still have his controversial silver medal upgraded to gold amid an investigation by the International Olympic Committee.

Joyce stalled on the second-place podium in Rio after losing to Tony Yoka at super heavyweight.

Joe Joyce was controversially beaten by Tony Yoka

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Joe Joyce was controversially beaten by Tony YokaPhoto credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Joe Joyce poses with his 2016 Olympic silver medal

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Joe Joyce poses with his 2016 Olympic silver medalPhoto credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

But that was the last year that the International Boxing Association was in control of the Olympic sport, despite allegations of corruption.

The IOC withdrew AIBA and launched an investigation in the wake of the referee and judges scandals in Brazil.

Controversy included Joyce’s loss to Yoka, meaning the Brit is still hoping to land a delayed gold as probing continues.

He said: I’ve seen the report that I could be promoted to gold, although I’m still waiting for the medal to come in the mail.

“Hopefully it will happen soon, but now I have to keep fighting.”

Joyce, now 36, turned pro in 2017 and has been racing toward a first world title ever since.

He is currently a mandatory contender for the WBO belt to Oleksandr Usyk, 35.

But the Ukrainian is defending that and the other two belts he won against Anthony Joshua, 32, in a rematch on August 20 in Saudi.

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It leaves Joyce at the front of the queue but still waits for his opportunity.

To pass the time, he most recently stopped Christian Hammer, 34, in a fight in which he took more damage than necessary.

Joyce admitted, “I don’t want to keep doing big shots like this, even if the crowd finds it exciting.

“The ring rust affected my boxing skills but not the timing of my own punches.

“I feel ready for Fury and Joshua but I will use the waiting time to improve my defense.”

Joe Joyce beat Christian Hammer in four rounds

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Joe Joyce beat Christian Hammer in four roundsPhoto credit: Reuters

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