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Sunday 24 September 2017

Davey eyes title bouts

Irish Olympian Joyce has become a dangerous pro

David Oliver Joyce is setting his sights on European titles. Pic: Sportsfile
David Oliver Joyce is setting his sights on European titles. Pic: Sportsfile

"I'm not looking past this guy tonight," says Davey Oliver Joyce. "But I want to be fighting for European titles as soon as possible."

Joyce is in Belfast for a show at the Devenish Complex that hosts an array of star names including Tyrone McCullagh, Anthony Upton, Steve Collins Jr, Marco McCullagh and Sean Turner.

An Irish Olympian, Joyce won six national titles and three European Union golds and tonight, for his third fight in the pro ranks, faces Ivan Godor, a Slovak journeyman, who had a win against Thomas Dickson in Edinburgh in June.

"He's a tough guy," says Davey. "He's here to fight. Sometimes these seasoned pros make it hard for you to get your best game on. But I've looked at him and have been working on the best punches to throw. My shots will be coming at angles. I know the punches to pick."

Training with coach Pete Taylor, Joyce says he has seen a huge improvement in his technique and stamina.

"It was said I had a pro style when I was in the amateurs," he explains.

"But my boxing has come a long way since then. Pete has been correcting minor things and we're making slight adjustments. For example, he noticed I was rushing in on my punches. I've adapted easily to the pro style."

Davey reveals that he has been added to the Ryan Burnett unification fight card in the SSE Arena in Belfast next month.

"It's a great show to be on," he enthuses. "I don't know if my fight will be televised. But right now I'm focused on tonight's fight."

"I'm not rushing. I'm leaving it to my team to pick the right fights but I've said I'd like to have another fight this year."

"I'd like to wrap up a title soon. I see guys winning titles and I know that I can take them out. My sights are set on European titles. As an amateur I was representing my country but now I'm representing myself. This is a business. I know I can have big fights."

Joyce is still at the stage where his skill and experience is proving too much for his opponents.

He says he wants to fight more rounds but so far he has been decisive and clinical in stopping his opponents early.

"I fought eight rounds in the APB (AIBA Pro Boxing) and I'm thinking I'd like to get the rounds in," he explains. "But Pete says I'm not getting paid overtime and that I should finish work as soon as possible."

"It's great putting in the hard work in the gym with Pete. With such a great team behind me and the plans we have in place, it's easy to keep totally motivated. I'm really determined to show people what I can do."

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