Baku 2015: Joyce lays down a marker

20 June 2015 / 15:42

Super-heavyweight Joe Joyce hopes his first-round knockout of Moldovan champion Alexei Zavatin will have sent shockwaves through the competition.

The 29-year-old was granted a bye in the round of 32 and took just two minutes 58 seconds to seal his place in the quarter-final, proving far too powerful for his opponent.

Londoner Joyce now moves on to face Lithuania’s Mantas Valavicius in Monday’s last-eight encounter and hopes his ominous form can continue.

“Hopefully everyone else will be shaking in their boots now!” said Joyce.

“I don’t think he (Valavicius) will cause me too many problems. He has an orthodox style.

“I had great experience having done the WSB (World Series of Boxing) for three seasons. It has given me the chance to learn and grow and get used to this new scoring system. I’m going from strength to strength.

“With three round fights you don’t have as much time as in the WSBs, so I shortened my time to work out my opponent. So instead of taking a round to check out what my opponent has I shortened it down and got to work.

“It helped with video analysis to see where I could capitalise with my shots. Everything went as planned.”

Earlier in the day, Sandy Ryan defeated Germany’s Cindy Rogge to reach the quarter-finals of the light-welterweight competition.

The world No2 goes on to face home boxer Elena Vystropova and hopes she can silence the crowd inside Crystal Hall.

“I’m a bit wary of my next opponent, but I will just do what I do and I’ll give her a run of her money,” said Ryan.

“There were a few nerves, but I was more excited fighting in front of the cameras and wearing my Team GB shirt. I was proud.

“My plan was to keep in controlled. At the end she did a bit of flashy stuff, but the coaches said just keep it long and give her a boxing lesson.

“I stepped out a bit too much, but it’s my first fight and I’ll get better.”

Flyweight Muhammad Ali and lightweight Luke McCormack were defeated in their respective round of 16 bouts against Vincenzo Picardi of Italy and France’s Sofiane Oumiha.

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