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Joe Joyce believes he still has years left in the game despite advancing age

With only 11 professional fights at age 35, how far can Joyce really go?

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

British heavyweight Joe Joyce (11-0, 10 KOs) will be back in action next weekend against Daniel Dubois, and the common thought here is that with Joyce already being 35-years-old only three years into his professional career, he really can’t afford any setbacks if he’s going to make to the top of the heap. According to Joyce himself, however, he doesn’t exactly see it that way.

Via RingTV:

“I don’t feel that old because I only started in the game at the age he is now, which is 23. I feel like I haven’t been in the sport that long and that I have quite a few years ahead of me.”

Joyce admits that the loser of this fight will have some rebuilding to do, and says that although he’s capable of doing that, that’s not at all what he has in his head as he’s only looking towards victory.

“I’d be able to come back too, but I don’t plan to do that. This is my chance to show what I am made of and to progress to the next stage and get a shot to become heavyweight champion.”

And looking at the bookies, Joyce says he’s under no pressure to perform in this outing as they’ve already pegged Dubois to come out on top in this fight, therefore it’s Dubois who has to come out and deliver as promised. But with a win here, Joyce is hoping to take all of Dubois’ current momentum to propel him towards the top of the division.

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