Joyce won early rounds, letting his hands go as he marched into the American. But Jennings adjusted and, as the Briton’s output slowed, he began to take advantage. Jennings blocked shots with his arms and popped Joe to the head with countering left hooks. Those blows were clear, and eye-catching, but too infrequent. Joyce simply continued to grind forward and, while Jennings brought up a swelling beneath Joe’s right eye he didn’t manage to force him backwards.
All the while, Joyce continued to worry at his guard, club punches through and grind out a unanimous decision, aided along the way by referee Steve Gray deducting a point from Bryant for a low blow.