- Joe Joyce stopped Daniel Dubois to move on to a potential world title shot
- Joyce’s jab proved key as Dubois suffered severe damage to his left eye
- Dubois’ eye had swelled so much by the middle rounds he was struggling to see
- He was put down by a jab in the tenth and failed to get up to beat the count
Joe Joyce put in a boxing masterclass to stop Daniel Dubois in the tenth round in their all-Britain Heavyweight Clash.
Joyce took command of the world heavyweight championship starship from Daniel Dubois as the hottest hope on this planet with a near-perfect show on Saturday night.
The vast experience of Olympic silver medallist Joyce ultimately trumped the prodigious punch-power of Dubois, who is 12 years younger, after their crossroads fight which had the British, European and Commonwealth titles at stake.
Joyce thudded a ramrod jab onto his rival’s badly swollen eye, sinking Dubois dramatically to one knee. When he rose again, the referee immediately called the fight off.
Dubois, aged 23, had previously romped to 14 knockouts in 15 victories but he was kept at the end of Joyce’s jab and eventually wilted.
As the rounds wore on, the damage around Dubois’ left eye only worsened and the fight slowly ebbed into the favour of Joyce, whose pre-fight prediction was to win the fight in the later rounds.
Seconds into the 10th, Joyce landed yet another thudding jab and Dubois suddenly sank onto one knee.
Although he got up, there was no complaint from him when the referee stopped the fight.
The underdog Joyce, aged 35 and now unbeaten in 12 with 11 stoppages, went home with British, European and Commonwealth titles but more crucially a boost to his world title ambitions.