Dubois v Joyce Preview: Joe Joyce’s Top 5 Wins

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Joe Joyce challenges Daniel Dubois for the WBC Silver, WBO International, British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles at The O2 Arena on April 11. Here, we have a look at Joy Joyce's top five wins in his career so far.

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Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce faces his toughest test yet on April 11 when he goes up against Daniel Dubois in a fight that could ensure the winner eventually gets a shot at the likes of Deontay Wilder or Anthony Joshua.

Joyce was a huge success in the amateur game, he won the Gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, he won Gold at the European Games in Baku in 2015 and he won the Silver medal at the 1026 Rio Olympics.

Here, we take a look at Joe Joyce’s best five fights as he prepares to take on Dubois.

5. Joe Joyce vs Rudolf Jozic – February 16, 2018

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This was Joyce’s second professional fight and it didn’t take him long to dispose of his German opponent.

Coming into this fight on the back of an eighth-round stoppage of Ian Lewison, Joyce wanted to show he was capable of getting fighters out of there quickly.

He did so with a devastating opening round stoppage at York Hall. Joyce worked over Jozic’s body before unleashing a right hook that sent the German to the canvas.

That right hook was something special and there was no way that this fight was going to continue.

4. Joe Joyce vs Lenroy Thomas – May 5, 2018

Joe Joyce (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Archive/PA Images)

In Joyce’s fourth fight as a professional, he won the Commonwealth heavyweight title with a second-round technical knockout stoppage of Jamaican Lenroy Thomas.

Joyce was beginning to find his feet in the pro ranks, he dominated Thomas for the five minutes they shared a ring together.

Thomas was no mug, this was his 28th professional bout but he was no match for Joyce’s power. The Englishman pummelled his opponent until the referee had enough in the second round.

The Jamaican had no answer to Joyce’s power punches and once he sent Thomas to the canvas with a body shot, the referee had no option to call it off.

3. Joe Joyce vs Joe Hanks – December 1, 2018

After five professional fights in England, Joyce decided to try his hand in America. He defeated Iago Kiladze in the fifth round, before going up against Joe Hanks for the vacant WBA Continental title.

This fight was on the undercard to the Deontay Wilder versus Tyson Fury at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

This was by far the biggest show Joyce had been involved with and he showed no nerves as he blasted Hanks out inside the first round.

Joyce needed just two minutes and 25 seconds to claim the WBA Continental title. He hurt Hanks early on before connecting with a brutal left hook on Hanks’ jaw to end this contest.

2. Joe Joyce vs Bermane Stiverne – February 23, 2019

Joe Joyce (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Archive/PA Images)

Joyce returned back to London for his eighth fight when he took on Canada’s Bermane Stiverne at the O2 Arena to defend his Commonwealth title and vie for the vacant WBA (Gold) title.

Stiverne was Joyce’s toughest test to date. This guy was a former WBC heavyweight champion after he beat Chris Arreola. He lost the title in his first defence, but it was against Deontay Wilder and he did take him the full 12 rounds.

Stiverne was blasted out in the first round in his rematch against Widler, but he can still hold his head high that he went toe-to-toe with the hardest puncher around.

Joyce looked impressive as he earned a sixth-round stoppage win over Stiverne. Joyce wobbled Stiverne in the second round with a sublime uppercut, before sending him to the canvas in the third.

Joyce continued to lay the heavy blows on his opponent, and he ended the contest with a left-hand jab, right uppercut combo that made the ref jump in and stop the fight. Joyce was now 8-0.

1. Joe Joyce vs Bryant Jennings – July 13, 2019

Joyce’s 10th fight was the first time he went the distance as he won a unanimous points decision over Bryant Jennings to retain his WBA (Gold) heavyweight title.

Joyce was rocked in the first round with a huge body shot from the American, but apart from that he was never really troubled.

He was awarded the contest by all three judges 118-109, 117-110 and 115-112. Both fighters were throwing big punches, but this fight was never going to see a knockout.

Joyce controlled the pace of the fight and picked off Jennings when he wanted to.