Joe Joyce would rather pick up a paintbrush or play on his games console in his spare time than watch a fight.

He doesn’t have a deep love for boxing and for him it’s just something he does because he’s quite good at it.

He’s not steeped in boxing like Tyson Fury and he only started at 22 when a serious injury ended his promising career in the long jump and triple jump.

“Yeah, sometimes I get bored about being asked about boxing because I don’t really follow it,” he said.

“I started boxing because I enjoy it and have been successful at it, but when there’s a subject where I know what I’m talking about, then I have a lot to say about it.

Joe Joyce celebrates his victory over Daniel Dubois

“When you’re doing it, you’re more of a doer than a watcher.

“But you have to do your homework because you want to know your division. Also the fights which are entertaining and exciting, you want to tune in for the big fights.

“It’s like sport in general. My enjoyment comes from doing it rather than watching it. I get my enjoyment from playing video games or painting.”

At 35, Joyce is older than Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua and is playing catch-up.

He won silver at the Rio Olympics, four years after Joshua won gold, and has yet to challenge, let alone win, a world heavyweight title.

Joyce has momentum after his career-best win over Daniel Dubois going into tonight’s clash with Carlos Takam at The SSE Arena, Wembley, and says there are advantages to starting boxing late.

“I think there are benefits and the fact I did so many other sports before boxing helped me pick up many other attributes,” said the Putney fighter.

“Boxing can be very specific and narrow, but because of my background I already had a good understanding of athleticism, stretching and other things, good habits that can get ignored in a boxing gym.

“I also never had to make weight as a kid, like so many young fighters do, and we know that can stunt your growth.

“I know a lot of people who were good boxers as kids, but by 16 they were sick of it and the distractions of parties and girls came along.

“I did all my partying and shenanigans at uni and by 22, I knew who I was and what I wanted to do.”

* Joyce v Takam is on BT Sport 1 HD from 7.15pm