Rio 2016 Medal Moments: Joe Joyce

Much was made of Joe Joyce in the build up to Rio 2016. He was the mild-mannered super heavyweight with a talent for painting that many thought was capable of bringing back a medal – and he did just that.

First up in Brazil he met Cape Verde’s Davilson Morais, winning by a technical knockout.

That put him into the quarter-finals, just one bout from a guaranteed medal, where he would fight Uzbekistan’s Bakhodir Jalolov.

Joyce went the distance this time but got the job done comfortably, winning all three rounds on the judges’ scorecards to secure himself at least a bronze medal.

And that bronze turned into silver when he did to Kazakhstan’s Ivan Dychko what he had done to Jalolov the round before.

So the 30-year-old went into the final, taking on Tony Yoka after the Frenchman had beaten Croatia’s Filip Hrgovic 2-1 in their semi-final.

Joyce put up a fine effort in the showpiece, with some thinking he had done enough to bring home the gold,but the judges gave it to the Frenchman 2-1 meaning the final medal of Team GB’s campaign in Rio would be a silver.

Let’s take a look at how Joe won it……

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