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Disgruntled David Oliver Joyce desperate for big fights after Glasgow headliner falls through

Davey Oliver Joyce [7(6)-0] fights in Glasgow tomorrow night but he won’t be topping the bill.

The Mullingar super featherweight was due to headline the BoxNation bill at the Emirates Arena, challenging for Belfast-based Dundee boxer Ronnie Clark’s IBF European belt.

Clark, however, was forced to pull out after being injured in an accident and Joyce will instead face a to-be-announced opponent tomorrow.

Seeing what was meant to be his break-out night in the pros fall through, the Rio Olympian has been understandably frustrated.

Joyce has since that Clark may not have been truthful regarding his injury and has also called out his fellow 130lbs fighters on social media, implying that Zelfa Barrett has also turned down a chance to face him.

The 31-year-old is an angry man in a hurry and outlined how “tomorrow night, I’ll unleash the frustration on the opponent. I’m a nice guy but in the ring we’re both there to win. If I can take him out in the first round or whether it takes six or seven, fair enough.”

“We’ve been through three or four different opponents and I just want to fight. I’m in this game to fight the best.”

Last time out Joyce scored an impressive stoppage win over Jordan Ellison and, with an extensive WSB and APB background, he is further along than his 7-0 record would suggest.

The Pete Taylor-trained prospect just wants big fights soon and laments how “I’ve been calling out people and for some reason they don’t want to do it. I’ve only had seven fights but I want to fight for these big titles.”

“I’m not going to say any names but these guys know who I’ve called out. My team has made them offers and they don’t want to do it but I’m going to make my name in the super featherweight division.”

“I’m ready to fight for European and world titles now. My team will guide me in the right way.”

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)


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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie