JOEY Canoy looks to break into the world ranking once again as he guns for the vacant World Boxing Association Intercontinental light flyweight crown against South African Nhlanhla Tyira on May 21, 2021 at the International Convention Centre in East London, South Africa.
Canoy is on a six-month hiatus since his third-round stoppage of Jovab Lucas on Nov. 21, 2020 in Gen. Santos City.
Canoy is no stranger in fighting on South African soil because he has already fought there three times.
The 27-year-old Canoy’s first trip to South Africa was in 2016, where he challenged Hekkie Budler for the International Boxing Organzation (IBO) light flyweight belt. Budler stopped Canoy in seven rounds.
In 2018, Canoy made his second trip to South Africa and fought Simpiwe Konkco to a no contest after the South African suffered a cut due to an accidental headbutt.
Canoy made another trip to South Africa the following year, this time to challenge former world champion Nkosinathi Joyi for the vacant IBO minimumweight belt. Joyi outclassed Canoy by unanimous decision.
Meanwhile, Tyirha is a promising South African prospect that just made his pro debut in 2018. He won his first four fights before losing to Joyi by unanimous decision in a World Boxing Organization Africa light flyweight contest in 2019.
Canoy, who’s fighting out of the Sanman Gym in Gen. Santos City, is 16-4-1 with nine knockouts, while Tyirha is 4-1 with two knockouts. (EKA)