The Mullingar super featherweight was due to challenge for the IBF European rankings belt taking on champion Ronnie Clark at the Glasgow Emirates Arena on Friday August 24th.
Sadly, Clark [21(10)-4(1)-2] has been forced to pull out after suffering an injury.
The Belfast-based Dundee boxer explained that he had an “accident outside of boxing” which has left him unable to fight on the BoxNation TV bill.
‘The Shark’ still hopes to fight Joyce [7(6)-0], outlining how “hopefully in the next four weeks we’ll have some indication if we can make another date possible.”
“Honestly, I’m gutted. I’m gutted for myself, of course. I’m gutted for all my fans. I’m gutted for David Oliver Joyce, it was another great fight for boxing, a real fight for boxing and something that the fans deserved.”
“You can’t control life and accidents happen.”
The bill remains one of big interest to Irish fight fans.
Blanchardstown light welter Darragh Foley [15(8)-2(0)] looks set to assume the headline position.
The Sydney-based Dubliner fights on this side of the world for the first time versus Scottish veteran Willie Limond [40(12)-5(4)].
Clondalkin lightweight Stephen Ormond [25(13)-4(1)] also features, taking on WBO #14 George Ashie [28(20)-4(0)-1] of Ghana.
It is unclear whether Joyce will remain on the bill in Scotland in a replacement fight. One alternative could be to bring his fight date forward a week and match him with Belfast’s Marco McCullough on the Carl Frampton undercard at Windsor Park.
Joyce alleges that he accepted a short notice fight with the Shankill fighter on the Frampton-Donaire bill in April only for McCullough to turn down the clash.