Joe Joyce targeting April return, says there are 'some great potential fights'

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British heavyweight Joe Joyce is looking to return to the ring in April after picking up wrist injury which ruled him out of an early 2022 fight date.

The Olympic silver medalist will be able to carry on punching in six weeks time and is looking forward to reuniting with trainer Ismael Salas. Joyce was unable to work with Salas in the build-up to his victory against Carlos Takam last July due to travel restrictions.

Speaking about the win over Takam, Joyce was satisfied with the performance and noticed an improvement in his technique.

"I think it was an ok performance from me and, technique-wise, it was better," Joyce told Frank Warren's website.

"I feel it was a good performance against Takam, although he landed some good shots that didn’t seem to faze me.

"I was kind of working out his timing and stuff and landing when I could, while trying to avoid or block most of his looping shots that were coming over the top.

“I found the timing with my jab then landed a good left hook in the sixth. After that I was like ‘okay, I am not going to stop throwing punches until this is stopped’."

Joyce however did amit that Salas' absence from his corner in the Takam fight had an effect on his performance which saw him take some big blows from the Frenchman.

"It is just the way it turned out really, but I think it was a case of not having worked with Salas. This is why I had to reconnect with him and go back to Vegas to start learning some more stuff from him," Joyce said

“For the Dubois fight he came over for two weeks to set the game plan and polish up my technique, which resulted in me going in and doing the job.

“I am in a better place after doing a training camp with him, for sure. He brings me on a lot and from the start of my professional career he installed in me the fundamentals and biomechanics of boxing.”

It's safe to say Joyce is excited about returnning to training and believes 2022 will be a big year for his professional boxing career.

“I am looking to fight some time in April and there are some great potential fights for me for this one, which is something to look forward to.

"I will be back punching soon in about six weeks and this will still be a huge year for me.”

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