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Joyce and Ward face familiar foes
17 Sep 2014 10:10
Irish boxers David Oliver Joyce and Joe Ward will meet familiar foes on their AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) debuts in Kazakhstan next month.
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Joyce will meet Kazakh lightweight Berik Abdrakhmanov, while Ward will renew acquaintances with Russian light-heavy Nikita Ivanov on 24 October.
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Joyce and Ward, the only two Irish boxers signed to APB, have been in Kazakhstan since last Saturday attending a workshop covering various aspects of APB.
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Joyce beat the Kazakh, the current Asian champion and a 2013 World Elite bronze medalist, in the Chemistry Cup final in Germany in May.
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Ward beat Ivanov in the 2011 European Elite final and in the AIBA World Elite Championships last year.
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Twenty places at the Rio Olympics are up from grabs in APB.
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