Nearly two years into his professional boxing career, Joey Alday Jr. has dominated every fight.
Until Friday night, he hadn’t gotten to the judges’ scorecards, knocking out each of his first seven opponents.
The 23-year-old Odessa native, a 2013 Odessa High School graduate, improved to 8-0 in his pro career by besting Nam Pan by unanimous decision in a four-round middleweight bout at The Belasco Theater in Los Angeles.
All three judges scored the fight 40-36 in favor of Alday, claiming every available point.
The fight opened a show that took place under the Golden Boy Promotions banner, the company founded and run by 10-time world champion Oscar De La Hoya.
“It’s just another base crowd that I get to perform in front of,” Alday said by phone Thursday as he headed to the weigh in. “I’ve never fought in California or LA, not even as an amateur.
“It’s a different crowd. Hopefully I can perform to their standard and I hope they like me. I want to get my name out there as much as possible.”
Alday was the aggressor for most of the fight, landing blow after blow to Phan’s body and jaw. Just like in each previous occasion Alday has stepped between the ropes, he brought knockout power with each hand and landed a few shots that dazed Phan.
Phan, a former mixed martial artist with more than 30 fights in a cage under his belt, proved to be tough competition, as he stayed on his feet despite Alday connecting numerous times with jabs and uppercuts.
Standing 6-foot-1, Alday has been the taller fighter for each of his professional bouts. That continued against Phan, as the Westminster, Calif. native stood 5-foot-7.
Alday doesn’t go into any fight thinking he’s going to get a quick knockout. He just takes the win with what’s available from his opponent.
“We always have a game plan, but everyone’s not going to fight the same,” Alday said. “It all matters about adapting in the ring … when you have that, you adapt to any fighter.”
That adaptation comes from months of prepping for each fight, Alday said.
His rigorous training schedule not only makes him physically ready for each fight, but maybe more importantly, mentally prepared.
As Alday moves up the rankings as a super welterweight and junior middleweight, his competition will get tougher and he’ll have to show more endurance, like he did against Phan.
“Once I’m in the ring, I get a tunnel vision,” Alday said. “All I do is see the guy and hear my coach.”
Alday’s primarily right-handed, but believes he has solid power from either glove. Despite using an orthodox stance, he’s finished a majority of his fights with a left hook.
That was the punch that ended his only other fight of 2018, as Alday’s hard shot to the body of Michael Crain finished his fight 90 seconds into the third round on March 30 in Philadelphia.
Alday has also had the chance to fight in Dallas, Hobbs, N.M., Las Vegas and at La Hacienda Event Center in Midland in October 2016, when he won the second fight of his professional career with a second-round knockout.
In addition to Alday’s fight against Phan being his second this year, it’ll also be the second since he signed with GH3 Promotions.
In signing with GH3, Alday was hopeful to get the chance to show his skills on television. That opportunity may come sooner than expected.
Alday said that after his fight with Phan, that GH3 is looking for his next bout to be on Showtime.
The premium cable network has boxing cards in Frisco, Los Angeles, Detroit and New York through the end of July.
“That’s a big stage,” Alday said about the possibility of fighting on television. “It’s big-time pretty much. I’m just going to have to keep my head on right.”
Alday will look to continue what he called his “Jordan year” with more fights to move up in the boxing world.