Sunday 19 November 2017

David Oliver Joyce now 4-0 in the pro ranks after first round TKO win

David Oliver Joyce celebrates after defeating Andy Harris in their Lightweight bout at the SSE Arena in Belfast. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
David Oliver Joyce celebrates after defeating Andy Harris in their Lightweight bout at the SSE Arena in Belfast. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Sean McGoldrick in Belfast

Rio Olympian David Oliver Joyce had made it four wins on the spin in his fledgling professional boxing career.

But few of his victories in boxing will be as facile as this first round TKO success over British journeyman Andy Harris on the under card of the Ryan Burnett/Zhanat Zhakiyanov World bantamweight title fight in Belfast's SSE Arena.

Granted Harris had a woeful record winning just three of his 56 fights in the pro ranks. But he looked particularly ill at ease from the first bell and the so called contest only lasted one minute and 43 seconds before the referee intervened and stopped it.

Lightweight Joyce, who is now trained by Peter Taylor, totally dominated, landing shots at will and he now moves to 4-0 in the professional ranks – with three successes inside the distance.

But Belfast super lightweight Tyrone McKenna had an altogether more difficult evening against rugged Frenchman Renald Garrido, who was a late replacement for the injured British fighter Tommy Coyle.

Even though McKenna had a six inch height advance over his opponent, at times he was caught on the ropes.

It was a bizarre contest, at times, with McKenna being docked a point in the penultimate ninth round after he lost his gumshield for the fourth time. Garrido was also on the brink of losing a point after he lost his three times.

When McKenna kept his opponent at distance, he scored heavily and though he tired badly in the latter stages of the contest he got the referee's verdict 96-94.

Tommy McCarthy made a successful return to the ring after an 11 month absence and took just two and a half minutes to dispose of the challenge of Peter Hegyes from Hungary in a cruiserweight contest

There were also wins inside the distance for Belfast lightweight Joe Fitzpatrick and Kildare youngster Gary Cully in his second professional fight in the lightweight division.

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