Two of Britain’s exciting heavyweight prospects will go head to head-to-head in London on November 28. Check out our predictions on Daniel Dubois versus Joe Joyce.
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Road To Daniel Dubois v Joe Joyce
Daniel Dubois, who holds the British, Commonwealth, WBC Silver and WBO International titles, started his professional career in 2017 after leaving the amateur ranks after 75 bouts. The 22-year-old is now unbeaten in 14 fights and 13 of them have come by way of knockout.
His first professional fight did not last long as he blasted out Marcus Kelly in just 35 seconds at the Manchester Arena on the undercard of Liam Smith’s win over Liam Williams.
His next six fights saw him knock out Blaise Mendouo, David Howe, Mauricio Barragan, AJ Carter, Dorian Darch and DL Jones inside three rounds to take his record to 7-0.
His eighth fight was the first one to go over three rounds as he stopped Tom Little in the fifth. He was then taken all the way by American Kevin Johnson as he won a unanimous decision over 10 rounds.
Fighting the whole distance was good for Dubois, it gave him some rounds under his belt against a strong opponent. It was clear to see that this lad has a massive future ahead of him.
That win over Johnson was the one and only fight he didn’t win by knockout or technical knockout. He has since defeated the likes of Razvan Cojanu, Richard Lartey, Nathan Gorman and Ebenezer Tetteh.
His last victory was a second-round knockout of Japan’s Kyotaro Fujimoto as he retained his WBO International title and secured the vacant WBC Silver heavyweight belt.
Joe Joyce is 12 years older than Dubois and only made his professional debut in 2017 at the age of 31. Joyce was a phenomenal success in the amateur ranks winning the Gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the 2015 European Games in Baku and claiming Silver at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Joyce has had 10 professional fights since leaving the amateur scene. Nine of those fights have been stopped inside the distance with just one of them going to the judges.
His first professional fight saw him go eight rounds of a scheduled 10 round bout when he stopped Ian Lewison at the O2. His next fight didn’t last that long as he knocked out Rudolf Jozic in the first round.
Although he was already in his thirties, Joyce showed a lot of promise in his early fights and back-to-back TKO wins over Donnie Palmer and Lenroy Thomas saw him go to 4-0.
Joyce’s punching power was there for all to see and he claimed three straight knockout wins over Ivica Bacurin, Iago Kiladze and Joe Hanks.
Joyce’s toughest opponent up until this point was Bermane Stiverne – the guy who took Deontay Wilder the distance in their first bout – and Joyce stopped him in the sixth to send out a message to the rest of the heavyweights.
Joyce then stopped the dangerous Alexander Usinov in the third round on May 18 and he was back in the ring two months later when he went up against Bryant Jennings. This fight was the first one in Joyce’s career that has gone the distance as he won a unanimous decision after a gruelling 12 round fight. Joyce has already had one fight since lockdown was lifted, he dispatched of German Michael Wallisch in July with a third round stoppage.
Daniel Dubois v Joe Joyce Predictions & Tips
The heavyweight division is the best it has been for a long time with the likes of Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury all at the top of their game.
But there are some talented fighters coming through ready to take on the baton and be the leaders of the heavyweight division – namely Joyce and Dubois.
Joyce is the older of the two, but he is hungry for success and under the guidance of Al Haymon – following his split from promoter David Haye – he hopes to be a big star in both England and America.
Dubois has the world at his feet and is well aware that a convincing victory over Joyce will see him elevated into mix where he could eventually face of against the likes of Wilder, Joshua or Fury.
This one is going to be a great fight, both fighters are unbeaten and not scared to go for the knockout punch.
Sometimes when two undefeated fighters get in the ring, it’s not a great fight and it doesn’t live up to hype – I cannot see that happening with this one.
Also, I cannot see it lasting the distance. Both men have the ability to knock the other guy, but I’m going for the younger guy in this one. I’ve been impressed with Dubois since his debut and although he hasn’t fought the big names yet, he looks like a potential world champion in the making.
Joyce will make it tough for Dubois in the opening round or two, but Dubois looks quicker on his feet and I think he will find an opening in the seventh and knock Joyce out.
Daniel Dubois v Joe Joyce Tips: Fighter Predictions
Daniel Dubois on Twitter: “This will be the most devastating performance of my career. See you Joe Joyce and bring your sleeping bag.”
Joe Joyce on Twitter: “It was great news to get the new date so I can finally punch up Dubois. Obviously once lockdown started I had a good idea we wouldn’t meet in July, but I was always staying on top of training. Now gyms are open for athletes I can kick on and just keep my focus on the new date, finally settling the score with Dubois and moving on to a world title fight.”