Joe Joyce v Christian Hammer Boxing Betting Odds, Tips & Predictions: Joyce to move into title contention

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Joe Joyce will be looking to prove to everyone that he deserves a world title shot when he takes on Christian Hammer at Wembley Arena on July 2.

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Joe Joyce v Christian Hammer Boxing Betting Odds, Tips & Predictions

I feel Joe Joyce has been hard done by in the past couple of years. He is still the only man to defeat Daniel Dubois in a professional bout and he still doesn’t get the recognition he deserves.

The Olympic Silver medallist gave Dubois – the new darling of British boxing – an absolute lesson in how to control a fight when they met in November 2020.

Since that win over Dubois, the loser has been catapulted to the moon and he became the WBA (Regular) heavyweight champion at the weekend with a stoppage win over Trevor Bryan.

How is that fair, surely if you lose the man who beat you should be getting the big opportunities? We all know that Dubois is being pushed hard just like Anthony Joshua was, and if this continues the British public will soon fall out of love with him.

You should be getting title shots on merit, and in my opinion, Joyce has earned the big fights. He should have been fighting Joseph Parker, but that fight was postponed due to Parker’s trainer Andy Lee being unavailable.

He has fought just once since beating Dubois. He stopped Carlos Takam in the sixth round last July, and he knows he needs to make light work of Christian Hammer in order to be taken seriously again.

After Dubois won his title, he named a few fighters he would like to face. Joyce was not one of them. He doesn’t want to face a boxer like Joyce again. There is a strong possibility Joyce will embarrass him again, and that would upset the DDD brand.

Joyce is undefeated since turning professional. He has won all of his 13 fights, with 12 of them coming by way of knockout.

Romanian-German Hammer is no mug. He has had 35 professional fights and won 26 of them with nine defeats. He has been in the ring with the likes of Tyson Fury, Hughie Fury, Luis Ortiz, Alexander Povetkin, David Price and Michael Sprott.

Unfortunately for Hammer, I just see him as a tune-up fight for Joyce to get him in shape in preparation to move up the rankings and move into title contention.

With only one of Joyce’s fights going the distance, I cannot see this one going 12 rounds. In fact, I expect Joyce to make light work of Hammer and knock him out in the fourth round. An impressive fight could see him take on Parker in the future and that would more than likely be an eliminator for a title shot.

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