Sunday 20 October 2019

'I can mix it with the best' - David Oliver Joyce lands WBO European featherweight title

David Oliver Joyce. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
David Oliver Joyce. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
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Former Irish Olympian David Oliver Joyce clinched the WBO European featherweight crown this evening following victory over Stephen Tiffney at the Dubai’s Emirates Golf Club.

The Mullingar native withstood a spirited challenge from Tiffney to stop the fight in the seventh round.

Sustained pressure saw Tiffney hit the canvas in the seventh round, for the first time in his career, and although he beat the count, the referee soon brought a halt to proceedings.

The 32-year-old fought for Ireland at the Rio Games in 2016 and has an 10-0 record now as a professional.

Speaking after the bout, Joyce said: “A lot of people see where my pedigree is, and I know I can mix it with the best. To all of the featherweights out there in England and Ireland, I’m in town now.

“I boxed Oscar Valdez as an amateur in 2009, and I’ve mixed it with Carl Frampton too. They all know I can compete with the top level boxers at featherweight.

“It was an unbelievable performance, so thank you to MTK Global and all of the Dubai people who came out to see it. I was confident going into the fight because I was on weight, and everything was perfect.

“For the past 14 weeks I’ve lived like a professional. For the first time ever I’ve had all of the right meals and the right amount of training and sleep, so I have to credit my nutritionist for getting me in this fantastic shape.”

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