By Bernard O’Neill
David Oliver Joyce has been declared the winner of his AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) bout with Brazilian Olympian Robson Conceicao.
Both men met in Uzbekistan on July 18, but the lightweight bout ended in a technical draw after Joyce had to retire with a head wound after an accidental clash of heads in the second round.
Joyce, who received six stitches to the wound, was ahead on two cards when the bout with stopped and would probably have won the second round as well.
Conceicao beat Vasyl Lomachenko of the Ukraine, considered by the many to be one of the greatest amateur boxers of all time, at the 2011 World Championships but the result was overturned on appeal.
The Irish Amateur Boxing Association were yesterday informed of the AIBA decision.
Joyce, a three-time EU and five-time Irish Elite champion, now improves to three wins from five from the unaugural APB season.