Joe Joyce stuns Daniel Dubois with 10th round knockout to capture British heavyweight title
Dubois’ receives treatment on his eye
Joyce can boast an incredible engine, with Carl Frampton heralding him as the fittest fighter in boxing, leaving him well positioned to weather a late storm from his more youthful opponent. But another jab, perfectly delivered on the corner of Dubois’ eye at the start of the 10th sent shockwaves through his massive frame.
It had dawned on Dubois that he simply could not persevere any longer, buckling and dropping with a thud to his knee before being counted out to spark wild celebrations from Joyce and his team.
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Cruel accusations of quitting immediately spread, though Dubois’ decision may have saved his career, with David Haye likening his own abrupt experience at the hands of Carl Thompson in the early stages of his career, before eventually conquering the world in two divisions.
Joyce meanwhile, following his signature display of capoeira in celebration, dances on, brimming in delight at successfully pulling off a calculated gamble to catapult himself into world title contention.
Should Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury prove out of reach for the time being, the pursuit of Oleksandr Usyk, a formidable foe from his illustrious amateur career, will begin.
This is the fight game and Joyce can revel in navigating the perils of the sport in a hurry.
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