Great Britain’s Joe Joyce is determined to dance to glory when he takes on Frenchman Tony Yoka for Olympic super-heavyweight gold on Sunday (Yoka 6/5, Joyce 8/13 – Outright Betting).
Joyce reached the final by beating Kazakh fighter Ivan Dychko on a unanimous points decision and is looking to follow in the footsteps of compatriot Anthony Joshua, who took gold in the division at London 2012 before going on to a stellar professional career.
The Londoner has already endeared himself to the Rio public by performing some moves from the Brazilian martial art and dance Capoeira in the ring after his bouts.
And the 30-year-old has promised a repeat display should he emerge victorious from Sunday’s gold medal match.
“I learned that back in London, in a Capoeira school,” he said. “(On Sunday) I’ll do my signature back flip, and maybe a bit of Capoeira afterwards.”
With the team GB star favourite to win, Yoka has already begun the mind games ahead of the battle, saying that he would rather have faced the Brit in the final and not Dychko.
“He’s (Joyce) a strong guy, physically he’s a monster,” he said. “But I box with my head so for me it’s better to box Joyce.”
That sort of trash talk is unlikely to bother the 2015 European Games gold medallist, who has seemed relaxed and in control of himself throughout the event.
And, when told of his opponent’s taunt, the giant replied: “We’ll see on Sunday.”
Odds subject to change.