It was reported in recent times that Joe Joyce could be boxing on July 28th’s Dillian Whyte vs Joseph Parker card but the fighter himself has now issued a statement dismissing that, as well as giving an update on his trainer situation.

Joyce has trained with renowned trainer Ismael Salas in his pro career so far, recommended by his promoter David Haye who was also trained by Salas before the boxer retired earlier this year.

Salas himself has now moved into semi-retirement and Joyce has given the following update:

All the best to trainer Ismael Salas if he is now retired as a coach from the sport of boxing.

As for Joyce, there likely won’t be a short queue of people lining up to train him. The heavyweight prospect has shown some moderate promise since turning pro.

Granted, his level of opposition has been pretty poor, but he can only beat what’s put in front of him and he’s done so with some freakish power to be fair.

Indeed, not only his promoter David Haye, but many other people within the sport comment on how hard Joyce hits in sparring.

Time will tell how this translates to his development in the pro ranks when he is gradually stepped up in level competition-wise.