Interesting Commonwealth Heavyweight titlist, and WBA #5 world contender Joe ‘Juggernaut’ Joyce (8-0-0, 8KO) was able to outwork, and grind down former Heavyweight titlist Bermane Stiverne (25-4-1, 21KO) en route to a 6th round TKO.
Joyce forced the referee to stop the fight after a sustained attack over a lengthy time, with Stiverne not returning any fire, resembling a punching bag with legs.
Early on, Stiverne was countering Joyce effectively with right hands while Joyce defensively was way out of position, but he took the punches well, and adjusted some after a couple rounds, and operated coming forward behind a piston jab. Over time Joyce shortened his power shots, and it resulted in increased accuracy, to where Stiverne started to get overwhelmed with the volume of punches incoming.
At a quick glance, one look at Joe Joyce’s method in which he fights, you would be inclined to believe that at some point in time he had studied Heavyweight legend George Foreman a little bit based on the manner in which he moves. Taking Joyce’s awkward style and delivery into full consideration in assessment, he thinks well inside of the ring, and can be creative in how he sets up and strings his combinations together, behind the stiff jab.
THE COLD HARD TRUTH – Stiverne at this point of his career is a middle of the pack Heavyweight, who is 40 years of age, and was a perfect opponent for Joyce to take in order to advance his way up in acceleration of his career, since he is 33 years of age, coming over to the pro ranks late after a lengthy run in the amateur ranks.
As for Stiverne, it’s time to retire. He clearly doesn’t have much left in the tank to contend with the elite, or top contenders, and the division in which he once was a titlist in has gotten considerably better since that time, and there’s no sense in taking more unnecessary punishment.