Mullingar lightweight David Oliver Joyce tonight became the fourth of Ireland’s Rio Olympians to fight in the pro game, and claimed an impressive debut win in Belfast.
The triple EU gold medalist has entered the pro ranks aged 30 under the management of MTK Global and trainer Pete Taylor – and scored a dominant first win.
Joyce, who has fought over eight rounds on the AIBA Professional Boxing circuit, started off here over six rounds a fighter billed as Hungarian southpaw Gabor Kovacs.
While Kovacs is a six foot tall southpaw and usually a light welter, whoever Joyce was facing was an orthodox who was shorter than him.
Regardless, Joyce made an effortless switch to the pro ranks and began sharply, landing some beautiful left hooks to the body and finding a home for the uppercut inside.
His opponent, whoever he was, was fighting back, but a left hook upstairs in the second had him stunned and, following a sustained barrage, the opponent would turn his back and see the bout waved off
The win sees Joyce start off his brand new professional ledger at 1(1)-0, while the record of Kovacs slips to 26(5)-10(6)-1 – although it is unsure who was actually in the ring.
Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)