Stephen Tiffney: Joyce Fight is a Long Time Coming
Stephen Tiffney feels tonight’s bout with David Oliver Joyce has been years in the making as they prepare to meet on the historic ‘The Fight – DXB Uncovered’ sold out show at Dubai’s Emirates Golf Club – live on ESPN+ and iFL TV.
Tiffney (10-1) and Joyce (9-0) clash for the vacant WBO European featherweight title, and Scottish star Tiffney believes he has been on a collision course with his opponent for a while.
Tiffney said: “I definitely thought our paths would cross at some stage, so it’s good that it’s happening now and even better that a title is on the line.
“Joyce was campaigning at super-featherweight for a while and I was considering moving up, so if it happened I thought it would be in that weight class, but I’m glad it’s happening at featherweight because I feel a lot more comfortable here.
“It’s a brilliant bill to be fighting on as there are Olympians and other top stars competing as well. It’s massive that ESPN+ are covering it too, and it shows how big MTK Global are that they have the fighters to put these cards on.
“I’ve got a few family members over in Dubai for the fight, but it’s great that iFL TV are streaming it too, as it means that my fans back home won’t miss out.”
Tonight’s card in Dubai also features some exciting stars, including Kazakh sensation Sultan Zaurbek, huge-hitting Mateo Tapia, and local heroes such as Aliu Bamidele Lasisi, who fights for the WBC International super-flyweight belt.