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David Oliver Joyce sees off Andrique Allisop in Rio

Hugh Russell

DAVID Oliver Joyce will face World silver medallist Albert Selimov in the men's light 60kg round-of-16 on Tuesday after the St Michael's, Athy fighter did enough to see off the Seychelles' Andrique Allisop on Sunday night on a unanimous decision.

At 29, Joyce stuck the pace much better than his 23-year-old opponent, who is the current African lightweight champion and two-time Seychelles sportsperson of the year. Allisop suffered a cut over his left eye in the second round, which replays clearly showed was caused by Joyce's elbow, but luckily for the Galway boxer, it wasn't spotted by the referee.

Joyce started slowly but grew into the first round with a combination of nice low body shots and an effective high guard to take the judges' first verdict unanimously. The scorecard at the end of the second was two in favour of Joyce and one judge having it tied as the Irishman kept his guard tight and spent the final minute working on the cut above Allisop's eye.

By the third, Allisop was visibly tiring and was without the energy to produce the furious finish required to turn the tables on Joyce, who finished impressively to extend his stay in Rio.

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