Boyce considers joining pro ranks
Corey Boyce, the light heavyweight amateur boxer, has not ruled out the possibility of turning professional.
The orthodox boxer gave another demonstration of the potential he possesses en route to his convincing points victory over Canadian Daniel Avram on the undercard of Nikki Bascome’s fight with Pilo Reyes at The Fairmont Southampton at the weekend.
Asked whether he had any ambitions of fighting professionally one day, Boyce said: “I wouldn’t mind giving it a shot if the conditions are right and the chance presented itself. But I want to get some more amateur fights under my belt first to get some more experience.”
Boyce’s potential has not gone unnoticed by those keen to see him step up to the next level.
“Some other trainers have approached me about going to Cuba to train, and I told them that I would love to do some stuff like that,” Boyce said. “I’d love to go there to improve my skills, hopefully early next year.”
The 26-year old athlete started out in Muay Thai before making the transition to boxing.
“I have been boxing for three or four years now,” Boyce said. “When I was in college in Canada a lot of my friends did Muay Thai and I wanted to do it also, but didn’t have the money at the time. I just waited until I came back to Bermuda to pick it up, and so as soon as I finished college I picked it up and have been doing it ever since.”
Boyce has yet to be beaten in a competitive Muay Thai or boxing bout.
“The boxing federation have me as 4-0 but it’s actually 6-0,” he said. “I had a boxing match and a Muay Thai match which they did not count because the association had changed and they did not include the previous bouts.”
With Avram now behind him, Boyce has turned his attention to his other passion, football.
The Robin Hood centre back will face PHC Zebras in tomorrow’s Dudley Eve Trophy final at Wellington Oval.
“I haven’t been training or playing with them for the last three weeks because I have been boxing,” Boyce said. “I will train, but I’m not even sure if I will be in the team or not. We just have to see what happens.”
Boyce’s Robin Hood colleagues came out in throngs to offer their support for his bout with Avram at the weekend.
“At Robin Hood we guys support each other in anything we do, and when they found out I was fighting again they all came out to support me,” Boyce said.