29 November 2020 02:35
Joe Joyce knocked out Daniel Dubois, forcing him to take a knee and suffer the first defeat of his career on Saturday night in London. The more experienced man out-jabbed his youthful foe from the off, giving him a swollen eye with which he felt he could not continue. It was a faster start from Dubois in round two though as he landed a strong right hand which earned the respect of his opponent. In round three, Dubois picked up where he left off and troubled Joyce with another fast start. Joyce then carried this momentum into the fourth which he dominated with the jab – a constant deterrent which clearly irritated Dubois.
Round five was closely contested was Dubois had more success with his own jab. Joyce continued to control proceedings with his jab in round eight, but took a more relaxed approach in the following session, perhaps to conserve energy for the final stages. Joyce continued to hammer Dubois with the jab and as a result he took a knee and sat out the ten count. Dubois said post-fight: "You know, what can I say? "I couldn't see out of the eye, it just happens man, I can't explain it.
"I don't look at life as age," Tyson said. Ivan Sekretarev/AP Roy Jones Jr couldn't resist the chance to fight a legend he never got to meet during a career spent mostly at light heavyweight. He admits the younger Tyson never would have believed he would be a middle-aged husband and father who needed to lose 45kg two years ago, because that headstrong kid from Brooklyn had never thought that far ahead. "I was freaking out," said the 36-year-old Robinson, no stranger to freakish athletic feats as a three-time winner of the NBA Slam Dunk contest at 5-foot-9. When he got an offer to be the opponent in Tyson's comeback, Jones couldn't resist the chance to fight a legend he never got to meet during a career spent mostly at light heavyweight.
Joyce kept expertly finding Dubois' left eye with the jab Joe Joyce landed a big upset and took a huge step towards a world heavyweight title shot by stopping Daniel Dubois in a captivating contest in London. Joyce, the 2016 Olympic silver medallist, used his jab expertly to build telling damage over Dubois' eye. Dubois landed his own fine work but was distressed by his eye between rounds. And with the bout in the balance, a simple jab from Joyce prompted Dubois to pause before taking a knee in round 10 when he failed to beat the count. The surreal finish at Westminster's Church House underlined the discomfort Dubois had dealt with for around half the fight and, without question, Joyce must be praised for soaking up punches in a display where he was as disciplined as he was accurate. But former world champion Carl Frampton and ex-British champion Matt Macklin said 23-year-old Dubois "quit". More significantly, he came through a high-risk fight and will eye world honours while Dubois goes through a short-term rebuild. When Dubois did land hard - three right hands in round two and a left hook in the third - Joyce stood when past opponents crumpled. "This is the fight game now, you're in it," Dubois was warned by his corner as he began to look distressed between rounds. He was ahead on two of the three scorecards going into the 10th but refused to go on when yet another Joyce jab landed on the swollen eye. Tyson Fury, Alexander Povetkin and Joe Joyce have all started second-favourite in their big fights and left the ring the winner. Going into the fight, it was felt that the jab of Dubois would be key and Joyce's lack of head movement an issue. Dubois ate the left jab from the start and seemed incapable of avoiding the trouble which eventually caused his left eye to close. Joyce's chin and did Dubois quit? Former two-weight world champion Carl Frampton to BT Sport: I think Dubois quit, I have to be brutally honest. Former British middleweight champion Matt Macklin: Well done to Joe Joyce, just walked through anything Dubois hit him with. Former world light-middleweight champion Liam Smith: Didn't half enjoy that fight, Joyce's chin in ridiculous. Thought Dubois boxed a great fight too. Former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis: Congrats to Joe Joyce on a big win. There was a lot of hype behind today's Daniel Dubois vs Joe Joyce main event, and a lot of difference of opinion coming in. The younger Dubois was the favorite, but it was the 35-year-old Joyce whose experience and jab made the difference. Joyce knocked Dubois out early in the 10th round off of a left hand, with Dubois taking a knee and the full 10 count from referee Ian John Lewis. Dubois (15-1, 14 KO) will definitely have questions to answer going forward, and the 23-year-old got a bit of an eye opener (not meant to be a pun) and reality check here. The 35-year-old Joyce, with all his high level amateur experience, did not crumble from the power shots Dubois did get in at points, and was able to mostly control the tempo of the fight with a consistent, heavy jab. His jab was pretty accurate," an obviously disappointed Dubois said after the fight. Daniel Dubois is unable to continue after Joyce's jabs caused his eye to swell shut. As for Joyce (12-0, 11 KO), he now has the European, British, and Commonwealth heavyweight titles, and is no doubt knocking on the door for a world title fight. But I've felt power like that before," Joyce said. Dubois was marking up fairly early in the fight, and Joyce made a target of it, keeping his left hand lead moving. I felt quite comfortable landing the jab, and I was moving away from his right hands," he said. A huge win for Joe Joyce, who as we've said has a small window, and has kept it open for sure with this fight. Roy Jones Jr., WWE Hall of Famer "Stone Cold" Steve Austin tweeted what it was like to work with Tyson.