Lamex Stadium, Stevenage – In a heavyweight contest, Olympic silver medal winner Joe Joyce (9-0, 9 KOs) had few issues in scoring a third round knockout of Russian giant Alexander Ustinov (34-4, 25 KOs)
Joyce is already set to return on July 13 at the O2 Arena in London, as part of the Dnaiel Dubois-Nathan Gorman undercard.
Coming in to this fight, Ustinov last two in a row – with a TKO defeat to Michael Hunter and a decision loss to Manuel Charr.
Joyce, with new trainer Adam Booth in the corner, was doing a lot of boxing in the first round. He was jabbing, moving and carefully picking his punches. Ustinov landed a few punches that Joyce took well.
Joyce was firing off with big shots in the second round and putting a lot of pressure on Ustinov, who was taking damage and didn’t seem to be on steady legs. Ustinov was doing a lot of holding, but not enough punching.
Joyce came out firing again at the start of the third. Ustinov landed a good right hand, and Joyce continued to punch away with both hands. Joyce continued to apply heavy pressure and landed a big left hand, with Ustinov going down against the ropes. Ustinov tried to rise, but he was unable to beat the count in time.
Bantamweight prospect Harvey Horn (6-0, 2 KOs) pulled off a six round decision over Joel Sanchez (4-3). The sole score was 60-54.
Junior middleweight Balazs Bacskai (10-0, 5 KOs) picked up an eight round unanimous decision over Davi Eliasquevici (14-9). The sole score was 80-70.
In what was a major upset, journeyman Lee Hallett, who coming in was 0-16, picked up the first win of his pro career with a four round decision over undefeated Harley Benn (6-1, 1 KOs), who is the son of British legend and former world champion Nigel Benn. The sole score was 39-37.