Published: 02/12/2011 08:00

Re-Joyce! Robbie gets back to winning ways

AFTER a barnstorming Town Hall show last month, Burton ABC hit the road to Warwickshire last weekend and came away with two wins out of three against hosts Bulkington ABC.

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The career of 12-year-old stylist Robbie Joyce is back in top gear after stepping up to the plate with just two hours notice to face Sam Gisbourne following an 11th hour withdrawal.

Joyce had to give away a year to his rival plus a weight advantage and faced a hostile Bulkington crowd who were baying for their man.

But Joyce (43.5kg) upset the odds and prevailed with a landslide of 16-2 points win in his 12th contest.

The Burton starlet worked diligently behind an educated left jab which was punctuated with right crosses thrown from angles, which bamboozled Gisbourne (45kg) and kept him on the back foot.

In attempting to counter, the Bulkington man found himself hitting thin air as Joyce used effective lateral movement and fleet of foot to slide out of range.

Physical attributes aside, it was the character shown by young Joyce which will impress head coach and father, Richie, in immediately bouncing back from a narrow points defeat at Burton Town Hall last month.

Burton banger Stanley Bull (52kg) notched up his third straight win in outscoring Bulkington’s Joshua Harrison (also 52kg), and it was his hand speed which caught the eye with a plethora of jabs and right-cross combinations to rack up the points.

The 14-year-old has shown determination after losing his debut bout and is indebted to the diligent pad work provided by former martial arts champion Trevor Marler.

Light welterweight Jason Allen conceded a narrow points loss to home favourite Tommy Brown (20-17).

Brown started like a man possessed and took the opening session having thrown a barrage of bombs to both head and body.

Allen worked his way into the contest in the second and was beginning to find the range.

The final session was nip and tuck with Allen appearing comfortable to employ Ali’s famous ‘rope a dope’ tactic to counter the heavy-handed Brown with sharp, jolting one-two combinations before covering up behind a tight guard.

Much credit is due to coach Matt Sturgess, with the former Leicester-based professional working with Allen on his defensive skills.

The club’s roadshow continues this weekend at both Alfreton and Dudley where 15-year-old prospect Joe Mason will join a sixstrong squad in lacing on the gloves for a mouth-watering debut.

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