30 August 2020 20:30
Olympic silver medal winner Joe Joyce was a very interested party in Saturday's main event heavyweight clash at the BT Sport studios. Unbeaten puncher Daniel Dubois demolished Ricardo Snijders in two rounds. Snijders was a late replacement for Erik Pfeifer, who many saw as a more durable opponent. After eight months of being inactive, Dubois shook off the rust by dropping Snijders a total of four times before the fight was waved off. The contest was a stay-busy bout before Dubois heads in the direction of a highly anticipated showdown with Joyce.
The fight with Joyce has been pushed back, twice, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The new working date is October 24, which is tentative depending on the restrictions with COVID-19 and the ability to allow a number of fans to attend the live event. Joyce was not surprised by Dubois' devastating victory. "It was something I thought Dubois would do. I thought he'd get the stoppage in round one. It was expected. It was a shame he didn't have Pfeifer as his fight. Snijders, all credit, he came down to take a beating," Joyce told BT Sport. "It's an easy day's work. I would have done the same, maybe even quicker. Dubois is a devastating puncher. It was interesting to watch and I was ready to go in there with him. The adrenaline was running. He shows them body shots that landed nicely in his mid-section. I'd have to watch out for those shots. He's got a great jab. "I remember sparring him on the Team GB set up and he's got a great jab. That's the first thing that he will try and hit me with, knowing me he probably will hit me. There's things for me to think of.