The Navan lightweight has made his move into the adult ranks and claimed the National Under-22 title with a thrilling win over reigning champ and current Intermediate king Paddy Adamus.
A fight that had the National Stadium bouncing, the 18-year-old Ballymun BC boxer announced his arrival in style.
Afterwards Joyce told Irish-Boxing.com that “it was a very good fight, I enjoyed every bit of it.”
“Everyone on both sides were getting involved, it was fight of the night.”
Looking back on his clash with Drimnagh’s Adamus, Joyce described how “the first, it was a slow pace. I took it at my own pace and was kind of boxing a bit.”
“The second round I kind of switched off and I lost my head as well – then the third, I came out and boxed the head off him, I didn’t give him a chance.”
The talented teenager feels he is adjusting to the adult ranks well, with the win over the strong Adamus being the perfect evidence.
Joyce noted how “I am only gone 18 since the end of November and he is 20. You can feel the power and the difference and you have the head guard off too. It’s way different.”
“I have good head movement so I rather the head guard off anyway. I always wanted it off.”
“I am getting stronger too,” a=he added.
Next up for Joyce is the European Under-22s in Vladikavkaz.
While he is still only 18, the cousin of his namesake Olympian isn’t going for the experience.
Joyce outlined: “Russia now in March. Hopefully get a gold over there now. That is my aim now, to get that gold medal.”