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‘I need to set it right’ – Dubois wants Joyce rematch after Dinu KO

Compatriots Dubois and Joyce squared off in a memorable fight at Westminster’s Church House in November, with the former losing his British, Commonwealth, WBC Silver and WBO International titles in an upset and also missing out on the vacant European belt.

Joyce’s stinging jab did the damage that night, with Dubois facing harsh accusations of “quitting” from pundits, fans and even fellow fighters after the damage inflicted to his left eye during a gruelling battle saw him sink to one knee and accept the referee’s count in round 10.

However, the 23-year-old was immediately taken to hospital, where it was revealed that he had suffered a fractured eye socket and nerve damage.

After recovering from surgery and linking up with new trainer Shane McGuigan in the aftermath of his first professional loss, Dubois looked back to his formidable best in front of 1,000 fans in Telford on Saturday night as he moved to 16-1 with a 15th career knockout of experienced Romanian Dinu in the second round.

Such a commanding victory saw the Greenwich heavyweight pick up the WBA interim title and become mandatory challenger to WBA ‘regular’ heavyweight champion Trevor Bryan.

However, while a world title shot may be coming up in the near future, Dubois is also keen to right that wrong against Joyce sooner rather than later.

“I want to clear that up, I want to have the rerun again. I need to set it right,” he told BT Sport after brushing aside Dinu.

“I just need to keep listening to what Shane tells me and keep being the best I can be.

“Whoever they put in front of me, whoever they bring up. I’ll knock them all out.”

Joyce has not fought since beating Dubois in November, having initially pursued a meeting with WBO interim champion Oleksandr Usyk, who is now set to face unified titlist Anthony Joshua this summer.

The 2016 Olympic silver medallist is currently ranked at no2 by the WBO, meaning he should have a chance to face the winner of Joshua-Usyk – if it happens – somewhere down the line or else take on Usyk for the title in the event that Joshua vacates.


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