New name, same game claims Davey Oliver Joyce following perfect pro debut

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David Oliver Joyce [1(1)-0] claims the only thing different about his Saturday night fight was the fact he was operating under professional rather than an amateur banner.

The Rio Olympian doesn’t seem to buy into the fact fighters need time to transition between the codes and is keen to be fast tracked.

DOJ is adamant the fact he was a top level amateur means he is the pro equivalent and as result doesn’t need any cotton wool treatment or even learning fights.

The former ‘made for the pros’ amateur fan-favourite certainly looked comfortable when stopping Gabor Kovacs on his pro debut which, although it lasted less than two, was scheduled for six.

The Pete Taylor-trained fighter now wants to push on and start making waves in the paid ranks.

Speaking after the stoppage win, he noted how “I felt at home in there. I have a load of experience so the only thing new was the fact I walked in the ring called a professional rather than an amateur.”

“I have great amateur experience, then semi pro with APB and the WSB so I just wanted to enjoy it.”

“I have done it all so there is no change. I have beaten some of the best guys in the world as an amateur and even done the ring walk in the WSB!”

Outlining his plans, the Mullingar lightweight stressed that “I don’t want to be hanging around, I want to be boxing the best and beating the best so on to the next one now.”

“The longer the fight goes on the better I get so the longer rounds suits me and we had no problem starting on six. I want to be out as soon as possible.”

Sitting at ringside for Joyce’s debut was former amateur rival and friend Carl Frampton. ‘The Jackal’ has a big Belfast homecoming card on July 29th at the SSE Odyssey Arena, and DOJ would love to support his former foe.

“I would love to on the undercard of the Frampton fight,” he said.

“We boxed before on the past so maybe that is a card we can try and get on.”

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

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