South Yorkshire Times March 20th 1965
Joyce’s Shock Victory
CONISBROUGH’S Tommy Joyce earned a place in the A.B.A. Quarter Finals on Saturday when he gained a shock win over Ron Thurston, of Racven A.B.C., at the Civic Theatre, Darlington.
Although Tommy had caused an upset by beating English International J. Eales in the North-Eastern Counties Championships, he was not expected to survive against Thurston, a tough all-action fighter, but he caused yet another surprise. Although the Conisbrough fighter was in a little trouble during the first round when he was caught by Thurston’s powerful right hand, he recovered and boxed like a veteran during the remainder of the contest. Accurate right jabs from the 17-years-old Conisbrough youth were a feature of the fight, by the end of which Thurston was a weary, but game, fighter.
Joyce’s reward for this very fine victory is a contest against Scottish Champion and international F. Gilfeather at Belle Vue, Manchester, on March 25th, another stiff task.
But Tommy has already met and come out on top against some of the best fighters in the country and some critics might be revising their opinion of him. Whatever does happen in the match with the Scot, Tommy will be giving his all in a bid to land a place in the Wembley line-up.