Joe Joyce Ready Prove Himself Against Daniel Dubois
After months of waiting, the bout to determine the British, Commonwealth, and vacant European Heavyweight Champion will finally look to take place. Joe Joyce and Daniel Dubois are booked to fight inside the O2 Arena on October 24. It is a bout that Joyce is looking forward to.
Speaking to British Boxers TV, Joyce (10-0) discussed the idea of facing a fighter like Dubois (14-0), someone who is almost similar to him when it comes to his skills. Both managed by Frank Warren and Queensberry Promotions, Joyce is considered the underdog. After all, Dubois is the current British and Commonwealth Champion. During his most recent run, however, Joyce has made it a habit of surprising others.
“You just don’t know who is going to win. I think that when the fight was made, a higher percentage of people were picking Dubois, but that’s great because I can prove everyone wrong,” Joyce stated, via Boxing Scene.
“He (Dubois) has been built very well by Frank Warren, he is explosive, hungry and he’s ready to go, it should be a tough nights work for me, but I believe I can – you know I didn’t get here by not having any skills and I just want to prove that I’m the best in the Warren stable and rise to the top. It’s going to be an all-action slugfest, that’s why everyone wants to see it.”
The two were supposed to fight one another in April, but the bout was postponed as a result of the coronavirus. There were talks of Joyce getting a warm-up fight before the Dubois clash, but Warren booked the bout as soon as the British Boxing Board of Control could allow fights to take place within the area.
Joyce went 3-0 in 2019, beating Bermane Stiverne and Alexander Ustinov via TKO and Bryant Jennings via unanimous decision. The Jennings win in July was for the WBA (Gold) Heavyweight Title. From Jennings to Ustinov, Joyce, 34, has slowly formed into a fighter confident enough to move up in the heavyweight division. “Juggernaut” has nine wins via knockout.
Dubois (14-0), 22, won the British Heavyweight Title against Nathan Gorman and the Commonwealth Title against Ebenezer Tetteh. His last fight was in December, beating Kyotaro Fujimoto via KO, his fifth win in a row via some form of knockout.
Fans are expected inside the O2, depending on the coronavirus pandemic. A win by either fighter could propel them to an opportunity at a world title, per Warren.