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David Oliver Joyce sets up tough bout against world silver medallist with dominant opening display

Joyce took a unanimous win to cruise into the last 16 of the 60kg competition.

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DAVID OLIVER JOYCE won a unanimous victory in his 60kg Olympic bout against Andrique Allisop of the Seychelles tonight.

Joyce started the first round relatively slowly, but undoubtedly was the first to take control as he backed Allisop up and picked off points while keeping a strong defence in place.

Two of the three judges gave the first two rounds to Joyce, but one had the contest all square after the Seychelles fighter suffered a cut eyebrow when a stray Irish elbow caught him.

While Allisop opened up and became more aggressive in search of the points to bridge the gap in round three, Joyce never looked unduly concerned, responding in kind whenever Allisop did manage to land clean shots.

The win puts Joyce into the last 16, where he’ll face a formidable foe in the shape of Azerbaijan’s Albert Selimov, who won the world silver medal at this weight in Doha last year.

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