By Andy Baber in Birmingham
Joe Tyers more than lived up to the hype on his Commonwealth Games debut and the Trimdon boxer has already turned his attention to a much-anticipated last 16 contest.
The 21-year-old produced a composed performance that defied his age to secure a unanimous points victory against Sri Lanka’s Sanjeewa Bandara Rajakaruna Rajakar.
All five of the judges awarded every round of the contest to Tyers, ensuring the light welterweight eased into the next stage of the competition with no evidence of nerves.
The North-East fighter, who trains at GB Boxing’s high-performance base in Sheffield, previously sparred with the McCormack brothers as part of their preparation for Tokyo 2020.
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And that experience appeared to help him cope with the big occasion at The NEC in Birmingham as he looked every inch the medal contender many expect him to be.
But Tyers was keen to keep his feet on the ground after being roared to victory by the vocal home support, although he relished the opportunity to represent his country on the big stage.
“I’m buzzing to get the win in my first bout. I felt I boxed really well throughout,” said the 21-year-old, whose North-East base is at Billingham Boxing Club.
“The atmosphere in the stadium was great, it’s a proud moment to represent England and I’m looking forward to doing it all over again on Sunday.”
Tyers was introduced to boxing from a young age and made his England debut at the age of just 13, with his father, Jim, still playing a prominent role as part of his coaching team.
He has already claimed four national titles as well as winning at the Three Nations tournament and another five other international gold medals, underlining his early pedigree.
Now Tyers has his eyes on Commonwealth Games gold but he faces a stiff challenge in the next round, with Papua New Guinean boxer John Ume awaiting him in the last 16.
Ume represented his country at Tokyo 2020 and came through a much more challenging opening bout against Elias Bonzo of Malawi, winning on points on four of the five judges’ cards.
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