JOEY Canoy once again failed in his bid for an International Boxing Organization (IBO) world title in South Africa.
Canoy dropped a unanimous decision in the hands of former world champion Nkosinathi Joyi for the vacant IBO minimumweight title on Dec. 17, 2019 at the International Convention Centre in East London.
The 36-year-old Joyi showcased his veteran smarts and totally outclassed Canoy, who trains out of the Sanman Gym in General Santos City, on all three scorecards - 119-109, 117-112 and 117-111.
The 26-year-old Canoy fell to 15-5-1 with eight knockouts, while Joyi improved to 30-5-1 with 19 knockouts.
In Canoy’s first visit to South Africa 2017, Canoy fought for the vacant IBO light flyweight belt and lost via a seventh round stoppage against Hekkie Budler. He returned the following year and settled to a no contest with then IBO minimumweight king Simpiwe Konkco.
Canoy is ranked No. 9 in the International Boxing Federation (IBF), wherein fellow Filipino Pedro Taduran is the current champion. He will most likely drop in the world rankings. (EKA)