33-year-old heavyweight prospect Joe Joyce remained unbeaten and picked up the biggest win of his yougn pro career today, improving to 8-0 (8 KO) with a sixth round stoppage of former titleholder Bermane Stiverne.
Joyce and Stiverne (25-4-1, 21 KO) both got off to a fast start, with Joyce throwing a ton of punches in the first round and Stiverne, 40, doing his best to land big counter shots, which he did on a few occasions.
But Joyce proved capable of taking those shots from Stiverne, and the veteran’s gas tank soon emptied. Stiverne came into this fight at 273 pounds on the scales, about 25-30 pounds heavier than he was at his best, and that caught up with him. He also hadn’t fought since a Nov. 2017 wipeout loss to Deontay Wilder.
So with Stiverne’s best efforts gone after the first round and little to really show for it, the fight increasingly went Joyce’s way, as he threw a lot of punches, mixed up his attack, and landed plenty, simply overwhelming Stiverne.
Stiverne went down early in the third round on a right hand, but hung around until Howard John Foster stopped things at 2:20 of the sixth, with Stiverne still on his feet but absorbing more punishment.
With the win, Joyce retains the Commonwealth heavyweight title, and now says he has his sights set on climbing the rankings.