After several setbacks, mainly due to the coronavirus pandemic, knock-out artists Joe Joyce and Daniel Dubois will finally lock horns in a much-anticipated heavyweight showdown. Whilst a venue for the all-British bout, which will take place on November 28th, is yet to be revealed, promoter Frank Warren pleased fight fans, when he announced that the fight, which will also be behind closed doors, will not be on pay-pay-view.

Since turning professional in 2017, following a controversial silver medal at the Rio Olympics, Joyce, who trails ‘Triple D’ in the Dubois vs Joyce odds, has won all 11 of his professional fights – 10 of which were by KO/TKO. Dubois also turned professional three years ago, however, he has been involved in 15 bouts already – winning 14 via KO/TKO, whilst the other was via a unanimous decision.

Ahead of the bout, let’s take a look the Juggernaut’s last five bouts.

Joe Hanks – 7-0

In his second fight under American promoter Al Haymon, Joyce featured on the undercard of Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder’s first bout, which was at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It was a straight-forward affair for the Juggernaut, as he knocked out his American counterpart Joe Hanks, just two-and-a-half minutes into the first round. Joyce extended his professional record to 7-0, and with it, won the vacant WBA Continental heavyweight title.

“I’ve been doing well and there is much more to come,” Joyce said in the ring afterwards.

“There’s a lot of support from back home in England so thanks for coming. And hopefully I put on something that was good to watch.”

Bermane Stiverne – 8-0

Back on home soil, Joyce went toe-to-toe with former heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne on the undercard of James DeGale vs Chris Eubank Jr at the O2. From the first bell, the Juggernaut looked better than his opponent, who took Wilder the distance in 2015. Joyce dominated every round, wobbling Stiverne on multiple occasions, before the referee finally put an end to the bout in the sixth round.

Alexander Ustinov – 9-0

Now co-promoted by Warren’s Queensberry Promotions and Ringstar Sports, it was a ninth consecutive stoppage for the London-born boxer. Again, Joyce was in control from the off, jabbing Ustinov’s body for much of the first round, before a strong right towards the end of the round. The Juggernaut started showing his brute-strength in the second, and after an accidental low-blow in the third, he ended the bout with a brutal left hook. The 6ft 6in giant even done a cartwheel in the ring to celebrate, whilst he also added the vacant WBA (Gold) belt to his Commonwealth title.

Bryant Jennings – 10-0

Joyce came under criticism for his performance against American Bryant Jennings. For the first time in his professional career, the Juggernaut was unable to stop his opponent. Jennings was able to hurt Joyce in the opening round, before the Brit started applying the shots in the second and third rounds. However, the tempo quickly died, and Joyce went on to win via unanimous (118-109, 117-110, 115-112) in front of the disappointed London crowd.

Michael Wallisch – 11-0

Joyce was back to his trademark best in his next, and most recent, bout against Germany’s Michael Wallisch. The fight, which took place behind closed doors at the BT Sport studios – a potential venue for his bout against Triple D – was his first in over a year, and Joyce extended his record to 11-0, putting an end to the bout with a meaty body shot.

Dubois vs Joyce will take place on November 28th, with Triple D’s British and Commonwealth belts on the line, as well as the vacant European heavyweight title.

 

 

 

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