Joe Joyce is set to face Christian Hammer in a heavyweight bout at the OVO Arena, Wembley, on July 2nd.
Joyce has not fought since his TKO victory against Carlos Takam back in July of 2021. As for Christian Hammer, he defeated Drazen Zanjanin in his last outing following back-to-back defeats.
Joe Joyce will fight Christian Hammer on July 2
Speaking on the fight, promoter Frank Warren said: “The most important thing is to get Joe active and confident again after injury.
“Christian Hammer is an experienced campaigner who will provide a decent test and give him a good fight, but obviously we expect Joe to come through it successfully and then start preparing for a bigger showdown later this year.
“It was well documented that it was our intention to match Big Joe with Joseph Parker in September, but Parker has now opted to sign a promotional agreement elsewhere.
”Joe’s route to a world title shot does not revolve around Parker and we have plans in place for a major fight for him in the autumn.”
It is fair to say that Joyce is looking forward to returning to the ring: “I’ve known about Christian Hammer for a while now.
“He has fought everybody, it is going to be a good fight, he comes forward and it will be exciting. It is one to get me ready for the next fights coming up.
“I’ve been out of the ring for a whole year now so it will be good to dust off the gloves and shake off the cobwebs. It is going to be a big year, this year and next, with some great fights and I just need to be in the right place.
“I have taken myself out to the right place with this training camp here to bring out the best in me.”
The card also sees the likes of Jason Cunningham, Zolani Tete, Callum Johnson, Nathan Heaney, Marc Videl and Mark Chamberlain feature.