Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce defeated the bookies favourite Daniel Dubois in the 10th round to win the European, British and Commonwealth Heavyweight titles.
After an entertaining fight, betting underdog Joyce forced Dubois to take a knee in the tenth round after a powerful jab to an already swollen left eye. Dubois started the fight with plenty of power shots but Joyce looks calm and composed.
As the fight wore on, the pace of Dubois slowed down and he began to eat many of Joyce’s powerful jabs to the head. In the latter rounds, Joyce appeared to pick up the pace and began unloading more punches and in the end Dubois decided to take a knee in the tenth round. The referee gave him a ten count and called a stop to the fight as Dubois failed to rise from his voluntary knee to the canvas.
The fight was a entertaining British domestic dust up between two rising heavyweights of the division. Whilst their professional boxing records looked very similar; Joyce (11 wins, 10 kos) and Dubois (15 wins, 14) – Joyce was the vastly more experienced boxer with his elite boxing amateur background.
Joyce will move on up the WBO rankings and hope to secure a world title shot soon. The young Dubois will need to learn and grow from this experience, and continue his development as a promising contender of the heavyweight division.