Joyce v Wallisch Official Results & Photos
Boxing returned to BT Sport for its second showing of the behind-closed-doors era with an action-packed, KO-heavy spectacle from the BT Sport Studio in Stratford.
In the main event, Joe Joyce would seek to protect his October showdown with Daniel Dubois by seeing off German bruiser Michael Wallisch, but up first was a four fight undercard that began with a featherweight firecracker between Dubois teammate Louie Lynn and Monty Ogilvie.
Louie Lynn def. Monty Ogilvie
In characteristic fashion, ‘Loco’ Lynn stormed out at the opening bell with furious intention. Everything he does is at 150mph and by the time he landed a thunderous left hook to stun Ogilvie, the round looked to be escaping the Scot. Lynn soon followed with a barrage of punches, leaving Ogilvie to try and contain his younger foe. Despite game attempts to spoil Lynn’s ascendancy, the round was a clear 10-8 to the Banstead Featherweight after a conclusive knockdown.
Round 2 started in much the same way, and whilst Ogilvie would occasionally throw back, there was nothing to concern an ascendant Lynn. Louie soon had his opponent down once more, and this time the referee waved it off.
Louie Lynn improved his record to 7-0, with 6KO’s.
Henry Turner def. Chris Adaway
The second bout of the evening saw ‘The Showman’ Henry Turner take a late-notice Super Lightweight bout against veteran campaigner Chris Adaway.
Young prodigy Turner settled into the first round well, delivering a composed performance from behind his southpaw jab. Adaway, a game scrapper who had only been finished 8 times out of 82 contests, showed why he was such a tough man to get out early.
In the second, Turner continued the good work by allowing Adaway to launch his own attacks before countering with precise movement and powerful combinations. The third round was another decisive victory for Turner, though as he opened up his attacks he did have to take a few of Adaway’s best efforts.
As the round came to a close, Turner scored a knockdown to ensure he was on the way to a shutout victory.
In the fourth round, Adaway decided to take the fight to Turner but ‘The Showman’ was able to evade capture and continued to pepper his opponent with shots of his own. Adaway was able to avoid being finished but could not stop Turner from improving his record to 3-0.
Denzel Bentley def. Mick Hall
Next to impress was Denzel ‘2 Sharp’ Bentley, who took a step up in opposition with his middleweight clash against Mick Hall, who entered the ring with a record of 15 wins and 2 losses.
Hall found the mark in the first with a couple of shots that got Bentley’s attention, but Denzel would end the round with his hands down, hunting his opponent out. Both men had successes, but it was Denzel who would enter Round 2 in the ascendancy.
Denzel opened the second with a stiff jab, before starting to swing with evil intention as he sought out the finish. The knockout wasn’t forthcoming but the Peacock man did a good job of establishing his power and dominance.
The third round carried on in much the same fashion, with Bentley throwing power shots at will. As the pace began to show on the face of Mick Hall, Denzel was able to close the round with a period of sustained pressure that his opponent was lucky to see the other side of.
A scrappier fourth saw Hall land some good shots of his own, but Denzel maintained good pressure of his own to claim a tight round.
In the fifth, Denzel started in orthodox after several rounds experimenting with southpaw attacks. A slower round saw Hall have more success as the pace began to tell on Bentley.
A tough Mick Hall took more explosive shots as Denzel ramped up his attacks in round six, with a particularly stiff right hand opening up Hall’s right eye. Hall did his native Preston proud by seeing the round out on his feet, but he was not allowed to see the seventh round by his corner.
Denzel Bentley improved his record to 13-0 with 11 KO’s, and showed to everyone watching on BT Sport why he considers himself to be ‘2 Sharp’ for the Middleweight division.
Chris Bourke def. Ramez Mahmood (NEW Southern Area Super-Bantamweight Champion)
In the penultimate fight of the evening, the vacant Southern Area Super-Bantamweight title was on the line as Chris Bourke took on Ramez Mahmood. Bourke was looking to follow in the footsteps of Peacock teammates Louie Lynn and Denzel Bentley by delivering a spectacular performance under the BT Sport Studio lights.
An evenly matched open round saw Mahmood attempt to establish the jab early but also saw success for Bourke as he attacked his foe’s body. The Peacock man stepped up his attacks in the second, blitzing his opponent from the opening bell. The pace slowed as the round progressed, but it was a good round for Bourke and a clear victory.
Bourke’s usual crispness was on display in the third but Mahmood was able to vary his attacks as the round went on, landing an uppercut from up close that caught Bourke’s attention.
The fourth and fifth-round were close affairs with Bourke landing some solid body shots to edge himself ahead on the BT Sport pundits’ scorecards in the fourth, before a scrappier fifth allowed Mahmood to regain some ground.
The natural ability of Bourke started to show in the sixth as he began to move around his opponent effortlessly, picking his shots well and continuing his work to Mahmood’s body.
As the fight moved on through the seventh, eight and ninth the gap on the scorecards only increased between the tough Mahmood and a classy Bourke. Significant shots were short on the ground, but Chris Bourke showed wonderful footwork and head movement, whilst picking his shots with all the skill of a soon-be-crowned champion.
Mahmood pressed the action in the final round, leaving both men looking nervy as we went to the scorecards.
The referee gave it 96-94 to the now 8-0 Chris Bourke, who was delighted to be crowned the new Southern Area Super-Bantamweight Champion.
Joe Joyce def. Michael Wallisch
Heavyweight boxing returned in the main event, as ‘Juggernaut’ Joe Joyce sought to shake off the year-long cobwebs, see off 23-3 bruiser Michael Wallisch and book his spot in a main event against Daniel Dubois on October 24th.
Wallisch found a home for his right hand over the top several times in the first, but as the round came to a close Joyce was starting to find something of a rhythm. Wallisch tried to interrupt Joe’s flow in the second but a relentless Joyce continued to club his man, eventually seeing him down with a right hook to the body followed by a glancing hook to the temple.
The decisive moments came in the third where a second knockdown was followed swiftly with a big right hand to the chin that wobbled the big German. At that, the referee said he’d seen enough and waved the fight off.
Joe Joyce will be happy to have done the job behind-closed-doors, but sights will now be set on a sold-out clash at the O2 Arena in London with Daniel Dubois on October 24th.
JOE JOYCE LOOKS FORWARD TO "HARD FIGHT" ON JULY 25th
JOE JOYCE has rejigged his training arrangements ahead of his return to the ring to prepare for his huge and much-anticipated encounter with Daniel Dubois in the autumn.
The Heavyweight rivals are both in action at BT Sports studios when they face German opposition ahead of their clash at London’s O2 on Saturday October 24.
Joyce (10-0, 9KOs) boxes Pfeifer’s stablemate Michael Wallisch (20-3, 13KOs) in a non-title ten rounder in the second show of Frank Warren’s summer series on Saturday July 25.
Dubois (14-0, 13 KOs) defends his WBO International crown against Hamburg’s Russian born Erik Pfeifer (7-0, 5KOs) on Saturday August 29.
Joyce, 34, began training in Las Vegas with Ismael Salas earlier this year, but the COVID-19 pandemic put the brakes on their partnership.
Joyce is being trained by Steve Broughton for the Wallisch battle, but expects to be reunited with Cuban Salas next month ahead of the super-fight against British and Commonwealth King, Dubois.
“I can’t get Ismael into the country for this fight because of coronavirus, but I have Steve Broughton looking after me,” explained WBA Gold champion Joyce.
“After the Wallisch fight I am hoping to be able to go to Las Vegas to train with Salas or get him over here to prepare me for Dubois.
“If we can go to the Vegas next month, I will only ever be in the gym or at the house so the environment will be enclosed.”
Wallisch, 34, turned professional in March 2010 and won his first 19 fights, picking up German and WBO European titles before losing to Christian Hammer.
The Munich man hasn’t boxed since last September when he was defeated by Tony Yoka, the Frenchman who edged out Joyce in the 2016 Olympic final.
“It will be good to shake off the ring rust, get back in there and actually box,” said relieved Joyce whose last outing was a 12 rounds points decision against Bryant Jennings last July.
“Wallisch is good boxer. He has a European style with a high guard and he comes in throwing punches, body shots and head shots.
“It is a good, hard fight. It wasn’t too long ago he was highly ranked so this is a chance for him to get back in the picture.
“There is a bit more pressure on with Dubois in October. I just have to avoid injury, make sure I look good against Wallisch, get myself back into the flow of things and go into the Dubois fight in the best shape possible.”
Also featuring on the July 25th edition live from the BT Sport studio is English welterweight champion Ekow Essuman (13-0) in his maiden contest since signing a promotional agreement with Frank Warren, while there are sure to be further fireworks on the undercard, with Streatham’s Chris Bourke (7-0) challenging for the Southern Area super bantamweight title against the also unbeaten Ramez Mahmood (12-0) from Ilford.
The Battersea banger Denzel Bentley will be looking to extend his unbeaten record and increase his already fearocious reputation in his 13th professional assignment at middleweight, with his Peacock Gym teammate Louie Lynn (6-0) is set for his first big test at featherweight against the Scot Monty Ogilvie (9-1-0) over six rounds.