Joe Joyce stops Ivica Bacurin in round one to retain Commonwealth heavyweight title

Joe Joyce secured a third first-round knockout win of his fledging career as he saw off Ivica Bacurin at York Hall.

David Haye’s heavyweight protege needed less than two minutes to floor his Croatian opponent with a left hand to the head following a routine combination.

Bacurin was a late replacement and caused no problems whatsoever as Joyce strolled to his fifth win out of five.

Londoner Joyce, 32, made his significant size advantage pay and it now remains to be seen if Haye, who recently announced his own retirement from the ring, will look for a better standard of opposition moving forward.

“It was good,” said Joyce. “I did a lot of good work at my training camp in Kazakhstan. It is a process, it got me to really move around.

“This guy is no joke. He went 10 rounds with Tony Bellew.”

Haye believes Joyce is ready to step up to next level and has challenged Hughie Fury to take on the 2016 Olympic Games silver medallist.

“People see that power and they do not want to get involved with it,” said Haye. “We have got the British champion, Hughie Fury, here and I think that would be a great match-up.

“Joe Joyce would be well up for that fight. Those are the type of fights that we want.”