Soldier boy Joyce earning his stripes

by Gazette Reporter

HEAVY-hitting John Joyce will make his third professional boxing appearance on December 2 when he faces tough Pole Tomas Goluch at the Celtic Clash 4 night in the National Stadium as he looks to round off a thus-far flawless first year.
A ten-year veteran with the Irish Army and a popular community man, Joyce has been bringing big crowds to his fights which are continuing to grow.
And he notes how “tickets are flying out. I really appreciate all the support I’m getting, I can’t do this without a good following”.
The welterweight was a late starter in boxing, taking the sport up in his mid 20s and debuting as a pro aged 30 with little top level amateur experience.
However, so far the Dubliner has made people sit up and take notice with two contrasting fights – albeit with two equally impressive performances.
Debuting on the Celtic Clash 2 bill in May, Joyce electrified with a first round stoppage win over Patryk Jackowiak.
Fight number two came in September, and Joyce was rewarded with a prominent contest against Belfast’s Jamesy Gorman.
Nicknamed “The Chin”, Gorman is known for his durability however he was staggered multiple times by Joyce who eventually won widely on points.
His is now set for a show headlined by former top amateur and RTÉ pundit Eric Donovan who defends his BUI Celtic featherweight title against Juancho Gonzalez, while there is also Dublin grudge match between Jay Byrne and Joyce’s sparring partner Crank Whitehouse for the BUI Celtic welterweight belt.
For the former Lucan BC and Esker ABC amateur, he describes himself as “an aggressive fighter and I do like to come forward.
“I think it’s quite intimidating for a fighter to see someone like me who’s just relentless and just keeps coming, and I think I’m fit enough to do that, I’m going to have to.
“I know quite well that, if I go looking for a knockout, it won’t come. It’d just irritate me. I’ll go out and box my game and whatever happens, happens. If it’s there, I’ll take it, it’s like a natural instinct now, if the body is open my hand just goes there. I love a body shot!”
“Against Gorman, I wanted to prove a point. I am fairly unknown and was on a stacked card so I wanted to lay down some sort of marker. I thought I done well against him and I hurt him more than once.”

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