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Sunday 15 September 2019

Joyce records fifth pro win on Frampton undercard while Belfast crowd witness quickest ever title fight knockout

18 November 2017; David Oliver Joyce after defeating Reynaldo Cajina in their super featherweight bout at the SSE Arena in Belfast. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
18 November 2017; David Oliver Joyce after defeating Reynaldo Cajina in their super featherweight bout at the SSE Arena in Belfast. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Sean McGoldrick

Rio Olympian David Oliver Joyce won his fifth professional fight in as many months when he stopped Nicaraguan native Reynalda Cajina, who stayed seated at the start of the last round of their scheduled four stanza contest on the undercard of Carl Frampton's return fight in Belfast's SSE Arena tonight.

Joyce, who is trained by Pete Taylor, had totally dominated the opening three rounds but the visitor had a poor record winning just 14 out his previous 64 bouts, He was totally outclassed by Joyce, who has made a steady start to his new career, though he has yet to fight a boxer of any substance.

Taylor's other charge, Kildare lightweight Gary Cully, made it three wins from three starts with a 40-35 points win over Birmingham's Kane Baker.

20-year-old Belfast welterweight Lewis Crocker enhanced his growing reputation when he took less than two minutes to demolish the challenge of Gyula Rozsas.

The Hungarian turned his back under a barrage of punches and was given oxygen before he was able to walk from the ring. It's Lewis' fourth knockout win on the spin since turning pro in March.

There were also wins for local Belfast fighters Tommy McCarthy, who won a cruiserweight contest against Blaise Mendouo from Manchester on points, Marco McCullough, who had a stoppage win over Josh Bailie, while Steven Ward beat a Polish light heavyweight on points.

Meanwhile, fans in the Belfast venue witnessed a world record – the fastest ever knockout win in a World title fight. WBO bantamweight title holder Zolani Tele stopped his fellow South African Siboniso Gonya after just 11 seconds with a vicious right hand to his opponent's jaw. The referee only counted to four before calling off the contest as Gonya was unconscious. But after medical attention he was well enough to walk from the ring.

Tete is a possible future opponent for newly crowned WBA world bantamweight holder Ryan Burnett from Belfast who also holds the IBF version of the belt.

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