LUCAN welterweight John Joyce is targeting a quick move up the boxing ranks after scoring a first-round knockout on his professional debut in March.
The Irish Army soldier made short work of Poland’s Patryk Jackowiak at the Celtic Clash 2: The Rising card at the National Stadium, forcing a stoppage inside three minutes.
Now he hopes to continue his progression as he prepares for his next fight on the event at the same venue on September 9th.
Joyce will step up against the 38-year-old journeyman from Belfast Jamesy ‘the Chin’ Gorman – a former Northern Irish champion.
The card will be headlined by a BUI Celtic featherweight title fight between former Irish amateur champion and RTÉ pundit Eric Donovan and Welsh champion Dai Davies.
“I hope to progress as quick as possible, stay busy and maybe fight for an Irish title down the line,” says the 30-year-old, who shouldn’t be confused with Beijing Olympian John Joe Joyce.
“I want to stay as busy as possible, I want to make a name for myself, and I want to show people what I can do.
“Eventually I want to be up there with the best in Ireland. That’s what I want, I want to go as far as I can. After three or four fights then we will survey things.
“I want to keep progressing. By my third fight I want to be up to six rounds at least. A couple of sixes then up to an eight which will hopefully be for a title.”
Though he came to the fight game late, turning pro at 29 after ten years in the military, Joyce intends upon making up for lost time with a quick ascent.
He dismantled his Polish opponent on his debut with a flurry of powerful body shots but he knows that bigger and better challenges await as he moves up the chain.
The Corporal feels his army background has given him an advantage despite breaking into the professional game at a later age.
“I only started boxing five years ago,” says the former Lucan BC and Esker ABC clubman.
“I’ve been in the Army for ten years and I think it was bred into me to be ‘tough,’ and I know that sounds like a cliché. The Army has made me a hard person.
“I was getting into the ring with these 16 and 17-year-olds, when I first started boxing, and they were beating the crap out of me – but I wanted to be better than them.
“I progressed, and progressed, and progressed, and it got to the stage where these young fellas had 20 fights more than me and I was beating the living daylights out of them,” Joyce concluded.