The much-avoided super-featherweight Davey Oliver Joyce is in New York looking to cause a stir on the undercard of Daniel Jacobs vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko on Saturday night.
‘The Punisher’ (8-0-KO7) takes on Jorge Rojas Zacazontetl on the HBO show and with the Olympian already looking well capable of capturing titles, is keen to make a big impression.
Joyce said: “This is a really big opportunity for me, fighting in the States. To be fighting at Madison Square Garden shows where I’m at and this will get my name out there with the big boys.
“I’ve watched some of my opponent on YouTube and he’s a counter-puncher who goes on the back foot and waits for you to attack. I know he’ll struggle a lot with me though. I’m pretty sure I’ll be okay…
“I’m planning to set tongues wagging with a big performance out there. I want all the fans and promoters to be talking about me because I’m in this game to fight the best.
“I’m still building my record and people don’t want to fight me. It’s a bit frustrating being so avoided but we’ll go on and keep pushing.
“Every though I’m only a year into the professional game, I bring a lot of experience to the ring after my amateur career and people know when they’re in there with me, I’ve got lots of class.
“I’m a come-forward fighter who’ll pressure the opponent as well as make them miss. They don’t want those kind of nights and they know that’s what they’ll get from ‘The Punisher.’”