Joyce Fights Way to A Games Place By Beating Champ

30 May 1970

South Yorkshire Times, May 30th, 1970

Joyce Fights Way to A Games Place By Beating Champ

Tommy Joyce, the Denaby boxer, has fought his way back from defeat and is within reach of a gold medal in the 1970 Commonwealth Games.

Joyce, who has been out of action since a cut eye stopped him in the semi-final of the A.B.A. championships, won an eliminating bout against Scotland’s welterweight champion Alan Reid, last Friday. The win puts Joyce into the Scottish team to fight in the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in July.


For the Scottish born Joyce this makes an impressive hat trick of representative appearances in major competitions.

He fought for Scotland for the European Championships in Rome in 1967 and at Bucharest in 1969.

Providing he stays clear of the East European boxers in the early rounds Joyce stands an excellent chance of bringing a medal back to South Yorkshire.

He had beaten Reid in the A.B.A. championships in January but the Scottish selectors decided that the two lads must right a decider.

In Balance

And at the Govan Town Hall, Glasgow, last Friday Joyce emerged winner on points after a terrific scrap which hung in the balance until the final round.

Joyce had only been given seven days’ notice of the fight, but it says much for the crash training programme his manager Ernest Oxer had put him through that he won the last round so decisively.

He Joins the Scottish team in training in mid-June.