GUISELEY Thai boxer Joe Royston has dedicated his most recent win to his late mother who passed away earlier this year.

Royston, 22, who trains at Aireborough Thai Boxing Gym, celebrated victory after beating Hartlepool debutant Josh Wray in a major bout at the Victory Promotions show at Newcastle’s Vertu Motors Arena on Saturday 4 November.

Reflecting on his mother’s passing post-fight, the talented fighter said: “It was devastating but Thai boxing gave me a focus. It’s what I live for and I’m looking forward to fighting professionally early in 2024 when I spend four weeks in Thailand with four others from the gym. My ticket’s booked. All I want to do is progress in this sport and get to the very top as a professional Thai boxer.”

Royston, who claimed victory by a third-round stoppage, admitted when discussing his bout: “Having followed my game plan to tire the opponent out and then increase power and pace in the later rounds. In the end he couldn’t continue into the fourth as I’d dominated round three with powerful and probably painful punches to his head and body.”

He added: “I’m not scared of any opponent. They should know that I don’t intend for any opponent to go the distance. Who wants to face me next?”

Coach Alan Burnley had high praise for Royston and highlighted his commitment, determination and physical courage as several of his biggest strengths.

Wharfedale Observer: Joe Royston after claiming victoryJoe Royston after claiming victory (Image: Victory Promotions)