Joyce produced the best performance of his career to stop Dubois in the tenth round of tonight’s eagerly-anticipated all-British heavyweight clash and enhance his credentials for a world title shot.
The 35-year-old ended his younger opponent’s unbeaten 15-fight start to his professional career and claimed his British and Commonwealth titles, as well as the vacant European belt at London’s iconic Church House.
Joyce, who only turned professional at the age of 31 after winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016, has now set his sights on a clash with Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk for the WBO world heavyweight title.
Meanwhile, Dubois was taken to hospital immediately after his first loss due to a horrible eye injury inflicted by Joyce’s stinging and consistent jab.
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Lennox Lewis congratulates Joe Joyce
British heavyweight legend Lennox Lewis has hailed Joyce for his victory while also offering Dubois comfort, tweeting: “Congrats to @JoeJoyceBoxing on a big win. The amateur pedigree can make all the difference in the world.
“@DynamiteDubois hold ur head up and learn from this this. Definitely not the end. #JoyceDubois”
Dubois suffers broken eye socket and nerve damage
According to The Athletic, Daniel Dubois suffered a broken eye socket and nerve damage.
With Dubois’s British title, Joyce’s Commonwealth crown and the vacant European belt at stake, the younger Dubois was forced to take a knee early in the 10th and failed to answer the referee’s count.
Dubois was unable to see out of his left eye by the end of the fight after it was repeatedly targeted, and went sent to Moorfields Eye Hospital after the fight where the extent of the injury was confirmed.
Dubois was ahead on cards
According to Daily Star journalist Chris McKenna, Daniel Dubois was ahead on the cards before tonight’s 10th-round stoppage.
Two judges had the bout scored 88-83 and 86-85 in his favour, while the other had it 87-84 to Joyce.
That will only add to his sense of frustration.
An update on Daniel Dubois – the 23-year-old has been taken to hospital for further assessment concerning that eye injury.
Joe Joyce has set his sights on a WBO world title fight against Oleksandr Usyk…
“I’ve taken some big shots before. Daniel has got some power but I’ve felt power like that before. With my experience I’ve learnt to ride them. I felt his power but I was happy to take, but also not to take it.
“I started looking at the eye and it was starting to swell up. I was trying not to get too close but also not get backed up on the ropes.
Daniel Dubois speaking to BT Sport…
“He caught me with a good jab – I couldn’t see out of the eye. It just happens.
“I couldn’t see out of it – I was trying my best. I’ve been hit harder, but it was where I was positioned and he hit me on the eye.
“I was thinking of how to break him down. Joe rode his punches well. I was maybe a bit trigger happy. It is what it is, Joe won.”
Joe Joyce says his first emotion was just “glad it was all over”.
Daniel Dubois admits he needs to “be smarter” and is very gracious in defeat, but there’ll be plenty of criticism coming his way for the way that ended.
Quite the celebration…
David Haye is not a happy man. “I’d rather get knocked spark out,” he says on BT Sport.
Carl Frampton agrees, saying he “quit” and he’d “rather be dragged out”. He adds that he had Dubois a point ahead at the time of the stoppage.
It was rather anti-climatic in the end there. Joyce got through with another jab onto that eye and it swelled completely shut. Dubois took a step back before going down on one knee and deciding he wanted no further part in it.