Joe Joyce beats Wallisch to keep Dubois fight on schedule

Daniel Dubois must now defeat Erik Pfeifer and the big heavyweight clash is on

Joe Joyce moved to 11-0 with a third-round knockout over Germany’s Michael Wallisch at the BT Studios. Joyce took a few shots early on but dropped Wallisch with a body and head combination in the second round. 

A left hook put Wallisch down again in the third round before a right hand to the jaw, followed by a left hand to the body, finished the visitor off later in that same session. Referee Ian John-Lewis called time at 57 seconds.

“I didn’t get a long training camp but it was a good step to get ready for Dubois,” said the winner.

Indeed, Joyce’s main incentive was to come through unscathed and keep alive his 24 October date with British rival Daniel Dubois. Joe wishes to get back to Las Vegas and train with Ismael Salas.

Rival Daniel Dubois said: “It was a decent performance. The guy looked like he was ready to quit after the first round. [Joyce] dismantled him pretty good.”

Bourke and Bentley ace the undercard

Chris Bourke outpointed Ramez Mahmood 96-94 on referee Bob Williams’ scorecard to win the BBBofC Southern Area super-bantamweight title. Bourke’s body attacks were paying off in the early stages but it was cat and mouse as light-punching Mahmood kept the rounds close.

Battersea puncher Denzel Bentley showed flashes of excellence against Preston tough guy Mick Hall. Bentley thumped Hall in the sixth round and Hall’s corner withdrew their man before the seventh.

Henry Turner defeated Chris Adaway (PTS4) and Louie Lynn knocked out Monty Ogilvie (TKO2).

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