The Mullingar super feather fought on the ‘Danger at the Devenish’ bill in Belfast and gave an eye-catching performance on the Ginley Promotions card.
Debuting in the summer, Joyce had scored two impressive stoppage wins, but went the distance in West Belfast.
Taking on Slovakian light welterweight champion Ivan Godor, who had gone the distance with Ray Moylette back in March, Joyce dominated the six rounds.
Joyce began sharply, with the left hook being an especially potent weapon – landing one huge example in the closing seconds.
‘The Punisher’ went to the body well in the second, softening up Godor with some meaty hooks before switching it to the head brilliantly with big uppercuts.
Joyce’s dominance was beginning to tell in the third, with Godor staggered numerous times as the onslaughts kept coming.
The Slovakian did well to see out the fourth as Joyce continued to land with all manner of shots.
To his credit, Godor managed to weather the storm somewhat in the fifth, but the Westmeath home fighter remained in cruise control.
Joyce upped the tempo in the sixth and final round but could not force the finish as Godor hung tough.
Going to the card, Joyce was unsurprisingly handed a 60-54 win.
Brought the distance for the first time in his career, Joyce improves to 3(2)-0 while the immensely game Godor drops to 20(6)-46(8)-4
Next up for Joyce is an undercard slot on the Ryan Burnett v Zhanat Zhakiyanov bantamweight world title undercard at the SSE Odyssey Arena in Belfast on October 21st.
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