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Watch: The reason fans are calling for Davey Oliver Joyce to step in a face Carl Frampton

David Oliver Joyce’s name popped up all over social media once it was revealed Carl Frampton was looking for a new August 15 opponent.

Vahram Vardanyan was meant to man the away corner in Frampton’s first fight since November of last year, but had to pull out because of visa issues.

As a result the former two-weight world champion has been left searching for an opponent.

A back-up opponent is said to have four weeks training under his belt and is standing by, but Top Rank and MTK are said to be searching for a more marketable or testing foe.

The rumour mill late Thursday night has Scot Darren Traynor in pole, but ‘DOJ’s’ name is still top of some people’s wish list.

Convenience plays a part as ‘The Punisher’ suffered a similar fate to Frampton just 24 hours earlier.

The Pete Taylor-trained super bantamweight saw a fight with Ionut Baluta fall through, but unlike the three weight world title hopeful he won’t fight on the date he was scheduled to trade leather on.

However, it’s the pair’s shared history that excites and has people dreaming of a fight.

The Mullingar and Belfast native had four memorable amateur fights. Joyce won the first three and Frampton won the now famous fourth, the 2009 National Senior final.

That featherweight decider has since been labeled a classic and 11 years later there are some dreaming of a repeat.

Again it’s extremely unlikely to happen, this month or ever, but watch below to see why there has been fan clamour for it.

Jonny Stapleton 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: