Joe Joyce Gives Insight Into Gennady Golovkin’s Training Sessions: ‘His Sparring Partners Had to Have Body Armor’

Published 07/18/2021, 11:39 AM EDT


British heavyweight boxer Joe Joyce is scheduled to face Carlos Takam in the ring on July 24th, 2021 at The SSE Arena in Wembley, London.

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Ahead of his fight next weekend, Joe Joyce recently spoke about his training experience with Gennady Golovkin. He said that the two-time middleweight IBF and IBO champion likes to take the lead in training and called his sparring sessions “lethal”.

Joyce added he has not sparred with Golovkin because it would not be fair to him.

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Yeah, he’s good. I like him. He likes to lead the training sessions sometimes and he’s like ‘hey Joe, I have a present for you’, and I’m like ‘what’s it this time’ and he’s got some kettlebells and said ‘we’re doing these’.

“But classic, he took a shot, there’s like a basketball net up and he was sitting down and from far away he threw it and it went straight in the hoop.

“Pretty impressive, watching him spar like his sparring partners had to have like body armor! Lethal!” said Joe Joyce. When asked if he has ever sparred with Gennady Golovkin, Joyce replied, “No, it would not be fair, for me.”

Joe Joyce vs Carlos Takam: Fight preview

Coming into this fight, 40-year-old Carlos Takam (39-5-1) is the more experienced fighter. Takam even challenged heavyweight Anthony Joshua for the unified WBO, IBO, and IBF world titles in 2017 but lost via a Round 10 TKO stoppage.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 13: Joe Joyce celebrates victory over Bryant Jennings after the Heavyweight fight between Joe Joyce and Bryant Jennings at The O2 Arena on July 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Joe Joyce (12-0-0) has lesser experience but has no losses in his record. Even though he was the underdog going into his last fight in 2020 against Daniel ‘Dynamite’ Dubois, Joyce secured a knockout win over him.

The British heavyweight sees Takam as a tougher opponent than Dubois; he believes Takam has good movement, can take shots, and packs a punch.

He’s got good head movement, experience. It’s going to be a different kind of fight than Dubois, a tougher fight. He’s got a good chin and he can bang,said Joe Joyce.

Both fighters have expressed that they want to face Anthony Joshua next for his unified titles. Joyce shared his plans on knocking out his current opponent and then fighting Anthony Joshua in Wembley.

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Carlos Takam, on the other hand, is aiming to redeem his loss against Joshua in 2017. Tickets for the event are on sale and can now be purchased on the AXS website.

Who will you be rooting for on July 24?

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused this passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, weaves, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the science, the techniques, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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