David Oliver Joyce will punch for pay for the first time this Summer.
The Mullingar lightweight signed a management deal with Mack The Knife Global last week and it has been announced this afternoon that Joyce will box for the first time as a pro on the Queensberry Promotions Belfast BoxNation show at the Waterfront Hall on Saturday June 17th.
It seems feasible that Joyce, now trained by Pete Taylor, could debut over six rounds rather than the customary four. The Rio Olympian and triple EU gold medalist has fought numerous times over five rounds in the World Series of Boxing and has even boxed over six and eight rounds on the AIBA Professional Boxing circuit
On the announcement, Joyce said that “the last two BoxNation shows in Belfast looked great, there have been some top boxers in action and I want to show people how good I am on the big stage.”
“Every boxer dreams of working their way to the pinnacle of the sport and I believe that I’m good enough to join the elite in the Lightweight division.”
“I don’t do small things, I do things big and in the next year or two I want to be winning World Titles, that’s my ambition.”
Joyce joins Lewis Crocker, Jamie Conlan, and a lightweight tussle between Steve Ormond and Craig Evans on the Paddy Barnes-topped bill.
More announcements, and ticket details, are expected in the coming days.
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