Joy for Joyce on Magical Night in Dubai
David Oliver Joyce became the new WBO European featherweight champion after defeating Stephen Tiffney on a historic night in Dubai.
A stunning view of the Dubai skyline was the backdrop for the iconic sold out event live on ESPN+ and iFL TV, with HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum also in attendance.
Joyce (10-0-KO8) overcame a cut early in the fight to stop Tiffney in the seventh round of their fight, picking up his first title as a professional in the process.
There was a victory for local hero Aliu Lasisi too, who defeated Ricardo Blandon to win the vacant WBC International super-flyweight title.
Unbeaten Lasisi (13-0) won the fight by unanimous decision, with the judges scoring the contest 114-111, 114-111, 114-,111 in his favour.
On the undercard, there were also wins for Sultan Zaurbek, Shakhobidin Zoirov, Mateo Tapia, Majid Al-Naqbi, Zuhayr Al-Qahtani and many more on a fantastic night of action.
Ahmed A. Seddiqi of Round 10 Boxing said: “We are really happy with everything that happened. It is a big moment for Dubai and it’s just the beginning for this region.
“We’d like to thank MTK Global for all of the support, along with ESPN+ and Top Rank. Congratulations to all of the fighters as they were all amazing.”
Here’s all you need to know from a special night of boxing…
DAVID OLIVER JOYCE bt STEPHEN TIFFNEY TKO7
WBO European featherweight title
Joyce: “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.”