Joyce ready to take April Fool’s Day frustration out on debut opponent

There were a whole host of fighters cursing their luck when the proposed Táimid Laochra,’ show was cancelled just days before the scheduled April 1st date.

However, there will be none more upset the debut offering from It’s A Bout Boxing Ireland didn’t materialise than one Patryk Jackowiak by the time tomorrow night is through.

The Polish welterweight hadn’t sold tickets for the pulled show or wasn’t midway though making weight in the last week of March, indeed he most likely never even heard of the proposed card or the turmoil surrounding it.

That won’t stop him cursing the happenings surrounding the April card suggests John Joyce.

Joyce was set to debut on the aforementioned card and was more than upset it fell through. He has banked that frustration, cultivated it into a controlled rage and is ready to unleash on the Pole when he officially makes his debut on tomorrow night’s ‘Celtic Clash 2: The Rising’ card.

“I tried to run through it like it was fight week and when the Saturday came I did some sparring. I even went for a beer for the first time in God knows how long,” Joyce explained to

“Then on the Monday I was so annoyed I took a week and a half off. Tony [Davitt, trainer and manager] then gave me the May 27th date and I have been flat out since. I have been working as hard as I possible can to make sure I am ready,” he added before expanding on his frustration.

“A vicious side is coming out of me since the last fight was cancelled. It’s not anger it’s a controlled rage. Any frustration I have had over the last fight this fella is going to suffer it.”

“This fella isn’t getting a chance to settle. I am going to be going at him from the first to the last bell. He is in for a hard night. I have seen a little bit of him to know he won’t be able for it. I am going for the knock out. “

The card on Saturday is headlined by Eric Donovan, with further support from Mike Perez, Jay Byrne, Gerard Whitehouse, Stephen Carroll, Sean Creagh, Vladimir Belujsky, Rohan Date, Carl McDonald, Allan Phelan, and Lynn Harvey, as well as debutants Liam Gaynor, John Corcoran, Stephen McAfee, and Keane McMahon.

Tickets for Celtic Clash 2 are priced at €15 (Under 15s), €30, €40, €45, and €55 (Premium), and are available from the boxers involved.

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