Joe Joyce, right, reacts as he won a men's super heavyweight bout.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Joe Joyce is too busy boxing for gold to hit the canvas.

The British super heavyweight usually has more colors to consider than gold, silver and bronze on his plate. He usually has all the colors on his palette, a fighter as skilled with the paint brush as he is with a knockout punch.

Joyce is guaranteed of a medal when he fights Friday against Kazakhstan's Ivan Dychko.

"I just need to change the color and try and get that gold," he said.

The 30-year-old Joyce has a fine-art degree and loves to paint. He said he's painted his best work at a small apartment that he shared with his mother heading into the Rio Games.



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He hasn't had much time to bust out the art supplies during the tournament.

"I'd love to if I had time," he said. "But I don't want to mess up the room either. No hanging on the ceiling."

Joyce might take some snapshots and try and paint once he returns home. He loves the scenery and wished he had more time to explore the city more as an artist.

"Brazil is a beautiful place," he said. "There's mountains in the background. There's art everywhere if you can spot it."



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Joyce, 6-foot-5, has been easy to spot after his Olympic victories.

He celebrates with Brazilian capoeira _ a bit of a mixed martial arts dance _ to his post-fight celebrations.

"It's good to broadcast one of my talents," he said.



Joyce would like to try one more portrait _ as an Olympic champion.  

 "It's all about practice," he said. "If you want to be good at art, you've got to keep improving your skills. If you want to be good at boxing, you have to keep training hard."