Undefeated British heavyweights Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce are set to collide this Saturday, November 28 live on BT Sport for the British, Commonwealth and European Heavyweight Titles. Dubois Joyce was originally scheduled for April 11 at a sold-out 02 arena in front of 18,000 fans but unfortunately postponed just weeks out due to the pandemic.
Then it was rescheduled for July 11 and eventually October 24 on BT Sport’s Pay-per-view platform with no attendance. However, as part of Frank Warren’s 40 years anniversary in boxing, he will deliver the mega all-British, much-anticipated clash of top 10 heavyweights and prospects live and free as part of the BT Sport subscription; NO FANS, NO PPV.
Dubois Joyce: Seek and Destroy
Daniel Dubois (15-0 14 KOs) won the vacant British title in a 50/50 clash of undefeated prospects against Nathan Gorman in July of last year. This was the breakout fight for Dubois and his first real step-up in levels.
Dubois dismissed of Gorman early who clearly fell to the pressure, although he did have a tougher fight against Richard Lartey 3 months earlier who gave him a trade-off that saw a massive test for his chin.
Since then, he has produced 3 early stoppage victories and including a devastating KO against world-ranked Kyotaro Fujimoto and a quick run-out in August this year in preparation for this fight.
Dubois is known as a very explosive and big puncher landing major right hands and swinging hooks to the body. Many expect him to get the knockout early.
Additionally, he has added the Commonwealth, WBC Silver and WBO International belts to his collection getting him a WBO #2 ranking as a result.
This makes this fight even bigger because if Joshua doesn’t fight his mandatory Usyk next and chooses to fight Fury it will be very likely that the winner of this fight will fight Usyk for the vacant belt. Dubois Joyce; winner gets a world title shot next.
Joe Joyce (11-0 10 KOs) got the biggest win of his career against fringe world level contender Bryant Jennings on the same card. Joyce’s performance was not as explosive and destructive and saw the 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist go the 12 round distance for the first time. This might turn out to be heavily in his favour as Dubois has never gone past 5 and the second half of the fight could be where the tide turns if it goes that long.
Joyce took no easy fights when he turned professional in 2017 headlining the York Hall, Bethnal Green against British title challenger Ian Lewison in his pro debut.
In his fourth fight, he broke a record that stood for over 100 years when he became the fastest fighter to win the Commonwealth title.
Then he went on to beat former world champion Bermane Stiverne and 2 world title challengers in a row in 2019. Joyce clearly has the better resume and more experience going into the fight.
Joyce was mandatory for the European title but Kabayel opted to vacate instead of fighting him. Later on, Marco Huck pulled out of a vacant title fight a few weeks prior and this led to Dubois Joyce.
After originally having a 9-month layoff that then turned into a year due to the pandemic Joyce had to fight and did so against Michael Wallisch on July 25, producing a third-round stoppage in preparation for Dubois Joyce.
Joyce is 35 years old and if he is going to land a world title fight it would have to be in 2021. It is very likely that if Joyce loses this fight he will never get another shot.
Both guys possess an extraordinary power, having a combined 24 knockouts in 26 fights. The fight can end at any time. With a single shot. And that’s what makes it so exciting.
Live on BT Sport 1, NO PPV. November 28, Dubois Joyce: BIG FIGHT, BIG STAKES.