Monday 24 April 2017

Joyce targets world title after pro deal

 

Joyce (pictured) is the fourth Irish Rio Olympian to switch codes after Conlan, Paddy Barnes and Katie Taylor. Photo: Sportsfile
Joyce (pictured) is the fourth Irish Rio Olympian to switch codes after Conlan, Paddy Barnes and Katie Taylor. Photo: Sportsfile

Bernard O'Neill

Rio Olympian David Oliver Joyce has thrown in the towel on his amateur career and has signed a professional deal with Matthew Macklin's MTK stable.

The lightweight, a multiple National Elite and three-time European Union champion, said last night that he had signed with Macklin, who also manages Michael Conlan.

Joyce is the fourth Irish Rio Olympian to switch codes after Conlan, Paddy Barnes and Katie Taylor.

The now former St Michael's Athy BC man admitted that it was frustrating negotiating with some promoters over the last number of months but he's delighted with his contract.

"I'm very happy with it, over the moon. It was frustrating dealing with negotiating, all the back and forth and not much happening," he said. "I hope to make my debut this summer, the sooner the better. I feel that I am more than ready for it as I have experienced in the World Series of Boxing and AIBA Pro Boxing.

"It's an exciting opportunity. I have done it all in amateur boxing. I've boxed at the Olympics, the Worlds and Europeans and I intend to make the most of this opportunity."

An MTK statement added: "David is incredibly talented and will have a huge future in boxing. His amateur career has been outstanding. We are excited to see him in action and firmly believe he can achieve the world titles that he has targeted."

Irish Independent

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