Joe Joyce floored Christian Hammer four times and stopped him for a technical knockout victory in the fourth round of their heavyweight fight Saturday night in London.
After a year out of the ring due to injury, the Juggernaut returned with a dominating victory to cement his status as top contender while awaiting his title opportunity.
In the first round, Joyce started in typical fashion.
He stepped forward and absorbed his opponent’s blows, taking three clean right hands to the jaw.
Hammer had further success in the second and third rounds, with the Briton far from being hard to hit.
Around this time though, Joyce lands some solid punches to the head and body.
In the third, he started to up the tempo and hit Hammer with a series of punches that slowed him down considerably.
As the round ended, Joyce floored Hammer with a left hook.
The German got back to his feet and started the fourth, although he couldn’t finish it.
Joyce continued where he left off and bludgeoned Hammer to the canvas three more times.
He forced the stoppage with a big body shot in round four.
Joyce is now 14-0 (13 KOs) and is on course to be the WBO mandatory challenger for rematch winner Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua.
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