South Yorkshire Times May 30th.
Conisbrough Boxer wins a National Junior Title.
Tommy Joyce speeds up as his opponent slows down.
At the Albert Hall, London, last Thursday, May 21, Tommy Joyce, the Conisbrough Youth Boxer achieved one of the highest honours of British amateur boxing. He won the British ABA nine stone class “B” title, beating in the final P Swinscoe (Nottingham School of Boxing) who was the favourite to take a title for the second year in succession, having won the “A” class in 1963
Tommy, in his semi-final bout, met the D Gwynne (British railways, Swindon), a tall boy with a southpaw stance. This for a time caused Joyce a problem, but he soon found the solution and coasted home to a point’s win.
Swinscoe, a two fisted fighter romped into the attack and the first round proved very difficult indeed for the Yorkshire representative who, although hustled and bustle round the ring, never lost control and survived Swinscoe’s big guns.
The second and third round saw Joyce at his very best. This he had to be, for the Notts lad, although tiring fast, was always dangerous. From the second round, and there was no doubt as to who would come out on top. Joyce was squaring up and Swinscoe slowing down, owing to the constant right and jabbing for which he had no answer, and his only hope was to land a lucky punch.
Tommy has succeeded in bringing in national title to the locality, and his dedication to training has only achieved the reward he has justly earned.
This is last season as a Junior and should he continue as a senior in the same spirit, and interest shown in the junior ranks, he could compete with the best in Britain.