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Former underage sensation wins on Josh Warrington undercard

It played out on possibly biggest cards in Britain this week, but there was an Irish win that got somewhat overlooked due to the fact their was so much action back home.

A day after former underage amateurs of note Paddy Donovan and Pierce O’Leary where registering wins at the Ulster Hall another star youth vest wearer was impressing in Leeds.

Frank Warren promoted John Joyce extended his winning streak to two as he secured a win on the undercard of Josh Warrington’s third successful IBF featherweight world title defence.

The 21-year-old defeated Jordan Grannum at First Direct Arena to his record to 2-0.

The victory came via points, as the veteran journey man took the Moate southpaw the distance, which was to be expected considering the English fighter has never been stopped despite suffering over 60 career defeats.

Team Joyce will be happy with the rounds and be content to see their man bank more experience.

Again the likes of O’Donovan and O’Leary stole the headlines as five Irish fighters debuted over the weekend, but there are many who predict people should just be as excited about Joyce, one of the most decorated underage fighters in our nation’s history.

During his teenage years the Mullingar middleweight claimed five European medals and nine Irish titles.

He looked a Tokyo prospect but he turned over earlier this year admiring that he has fallen out of love with the amateur game.

“After the passing of my Da I never had the right people behind me to push me,” he told Irish-boxing.com earlier this year.

“Before he passed away my record speaks for itself, I’m a nine-time National Irish champion, five-time European medallist, double European Champion. Now I’ve a good team behind me and I’m happy again,” Joyce outlined before speaking more on his pro ambitions.

“I’m just 21 years old and my plan is to get out there and make my name and let the World know what I’m about.”

“In the long term I believe I’m going tp be the best middleweight in the World and I believe I can beat anybody in the world when I’m 100%.

“But actions speaks louder than words so I have to go out there and prove it!”


Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com