By Jake Donovan
For the second straight fight, David Oliver Joyce was forced to go deeper than at any other point in his young pro career.
This time around, the unbeaten Irish prospect had to make the most of an awkward matchup, pitching a shutout over a reluctant Breilor Teran in their 10-round featherweight bout Saturday evening in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Scores of 100-89, 100-87 and 100-86 were in favor of Joyce, who has now gone six or more rounds in each of his last five contests.
Teran falls to 27-18-1 (17KOs), having won five of his last six starts including his last two.
Joyce fought in the 2016 Rio Olympics that saw disastrous results for Team Ireland, but with most of the squad—including unbeaten and reigning undisputed lightweight titlist Katie Taylor and featherweight prospect Michael Conlan—enjoying successful pro careers thus far.
While not quite on the same career trajectory, Joyce is drawing similarly rave reviews in his early pro years. He stole the show in his most recent start, a 7th round stoppage of Stephen Tiffney this past April in Dubai and also streaming live on ESPN+.
Saturday’s bout came in supporting capacity to Nordine Oubaali—a two-time Olympic boxer from France—in his first bantamweight title defense versus Mexico’s Arthur Villanueva.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox