Joyce swaps punching for painting ahead of golden Olympic summer

Joyce knocked down Daniel Dubois in November, but is now devoting herself to Purplebricks’ “Home Support” campaign

Joe Joyce has traded punching for painting and wants his lion-inspired artwork to help Team GB roar.

Putney fighter Joyce made his way to super heavyweight silver in Rio and overturned Daniel Dubois in his last professional fight in November.

Joyce has never been beaten in his 12 professional fights and holds the British, Commonwealth, European, WBC Silver and WBO International heavyweight titles after shining in the Westminster light against ‘Triple D’.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medalist is also an avid out-of-the-ring artist studying art at Middlesex University before his slap promise took his career in another direction.

Joyce has been hired by Purplebricks – Team GB’s official real estate agent – to create a one-of-a-kind work of art ahead of the Olympics and hopes this year’s stars can follow in his footsteps.

“When people paint a picture or create something, they leave a little bit of themselves in what they’re producing,” said the 35-year-old, whose artwork is part of Purplebricks’ “Home Support” campaign, which campaigns for meaning the campaign uses nation behind Team GB in Tokyo.

“It can explain their personality or interests or the direction they are going in life, or use art as a means to bring up a topic.

“The similarities in sport and art, it’s the discipline and the commitment. You need to practice hard in both areas and push the limits of what you can do.

“It is a great honor to be selected to produce work ahead of the Olympics. It is a pleasure for me to improve my skills again and develop something that will inspire athletes.

“The ‘Home Support’ campaign is a great idea. It is important to bring support from home. It really gives you something that you can look to as an athlete to keep yourself motivated and support you from home. You can take this encouragement and go for gold.

“It’s amazing to be part of the campaign. They really pulled out all the stops to bring me in and give me the opportunity to give something back to the upcoming Olympics.

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“Hopefully I can inspire the athletes to win gold.”

Purplebricks encourages people to keep the house fires of support burning with the intensity of London 2012.

The UK’s largest real estate agent has hired Joyce, former triathlete Vanessa Raw and oral artist Henry Fraser to create one-of-a-kind works of art ahead of this summer.

The three artists were all selected for their role as elite athletes and their ability to create eye-catching works that embody the spirit of British support.

Four-time Olympic champion Laura Kenny is one of the faces of the campaign, and Joyce, who was also crowned European champion of the 2015 Games, was a key member of Team GB alongside her five years ago.

Joyce, 35, studied arts at Middlesex University and is currently taking the world of heavyweight boxing by stormJoyce, 35, studied arts at Middlesex University and is currently taking the world of heavyweight boxing by storm

Joyce has vivid memories of his Brazilian odyssey and knows the importance of helping at home will be heightened this summer.

“I remember my Olympic experience, it’s an exciting thing,” added Joyce, whose finished artwork will later be released to the public and will be featured on limited edition prints and signs from Purplebricks For Sale across the country.

“Support at home will become more important this summer as there may be no crowds. You’re in a different country so it’s great to have that pride and support back home to really feel more comfortable in the village and do your best.

“I look forward to seeing my art on sales boards and posters in limited editions. I hope people who see it know they have home support and feel inspired to put a little more pressure on. “

Purplebricks is the UK’s technology minded real estate agent, offering clients a transparent and convenient way to buy, sell or rent. Purplebricks offers clients the combined support of Local Property Experts, an online platform and a central customer service team. For more information, see www.purplebricks.co.uk.

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