Heavy Duty! Joyce versus Jennings WBA Gold Heavyweight Joker’s Wild Bout
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
London, UK (June 6th, 2019)– Now that the heavyweight division has been blown wide open, here’s an interesting heavyweight bout on the table for July 13, 2019, at 02 Arena in Greenwich, United Kingdom. Ex-Olympian Joe ‘Juggernaut’ Joyce will enter the ring for the second time in less than two months against former world title challenger Bryant ‘By-By’ Jennings.
Jennings, 24-3 with 14 knockouts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, coming off a twelfth round stoppage loss to 26-0 Oscar Rivas at Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York, in January 2019, will be trying to wrest the World Boxing Association Heavyweight Gold title from 2016 Rio De Janeiro Silver Medalist Joe Joyce, 9-0 with nine knockouts, Putney, London, United Kingdom.
Jennings is 34, while Joyce is four months short of 34 years old. Jennings has the edge with ring experience, generalship and technical skill. Joyce has superior power, much like Andy Ruiz, but Joyce’s punches are notoriously slow.
Jennings will have the pinpoint goal of dragging Joyce past the eighth round into the championship rounds. At 6’6” and 255 pounds, Joyce will tower over the 6’2” 225 pound Jennings. However, Jennings has an 84 inch to 80 inch reach advantage over Joyce. The key for Jennings will be to use superior head and foot movement and remain out of range,
And to keep jabbing Joyce to outpoint him. If Jennings makes the mistake of standing in front of Joyce, as Anthony Joshua did against Andy Ruiz, then Jennings’ career will go bye-bye into the wind.
If Jennings has won round 12 against Rivas instead of being stopped, the bout would have been a 116-112, 114-114, 113-114 split draw. Jennings must prove the world and Joyce wrong. It will be difficult for Jennings to get a decision in Great Britain in enemy territory. On the other hand, Jennings lost to Wladimir Klitschko and Luis Ortiz in world heavyweight title bouts. Jennings loss to Rivas for the WBO NABO, NABF and IBF International titles, and his bout against Joyce is for the WBA Gold title, so Jennings is a heavyweight’s heavyweight so to speak, in terms of his titular level of competition. Either Jennings wins by 12 round unanimous or majority decision, or Joyce knocks him out. The same is probably true of this fall’s Andy Ruiz versus Anthony Joshua rematch in the U.K. Joe Joyce versus Bryant Jennings is power puncher versus a technical boxer. The superior game plan wins if well executed. The winning fighter here will have done his homework.