A Putney-born Commonwealth Heavyweight champion will defend his title for the first time.

Joe Joyce, 32, will have his fifth professional fight on Saturday, June 15 at the iconic York Hall in Bethnal Green.

His opponent for the bout has yet to be announced along with rest of the card, and possible opposition have already been suggested including British Heavyweight Champion Hughie Fury and Sam Sexton.

Over Twitter, he called out fellow heavyweight boxer Dillian Whyte encouraging him to arrange a fight, in response to Whyte’s claims that he would ‘destroy’ Joyce.

Joyce last fought on Saturday, May 5, beating Jamaican Lenroy Thomas on the undercard of Tony Bellew vs David Haye at the O2 Arena, London to win the Commonwealth Heavyweight title.

He knocked Thomas down three times during the fight and finished the bout with a precise left hook on Thomas chin, which caused referee Terry O’ Connor to stop the fight at two minutes and 36 seconds in the second round.

The silver Olympic medallist is signed to David Haye’s Hayemaker Ringstar promotions and the longest he has gone is eight round against Ian Lewison on his debut at the Indigo, O2 Arena in Greenwich.

In total, Joyce, who resides in Clapham Common, has only had 12 professional rounds.

The card, promoted by David Haye and Richard Schaefer for Hayemaker Ringstar, is scheduled to be screened on Saturday, June 15 on UKTV Dave as part of their Fight Night series.