Dubois visibly shaken between rounds
Joe Joyce derailed the Daniel Dubois train on Saturday, with stoppage victory many believed would have been the other way around.
Going into the fight, Dubois was the bookies favourite, had the majority of pundits behind him and looked like a fighter on the cusp of a new heavyweight era. Within 10 seconds of the opening round, that confidence had gone.
It was clear from Dubois' body language and the facial expressions he wasn't expecting that kind of power from Joyce, or the shots to come that repeatedly, he had never been in this position before, and he didn't like it.
For Joyce, an Olympic silver medallist with established amatuer pedigree, this territory wasn't new. This was ground he'd walked before, with opposition who knew it well.
"I was very unhappy with the way he took a knee."— Boxing on BT Sport ???? (@BTSportBoxing) November 28, 2020
"I think he quit there! Dubois can still come back!"@RealCFrampton and @DavidHaye have their say on the #DuboisJoyce stoppage. pic.twitter.com/V4GifwavaB
Dubois tried to go for broke early on, he let his hands go and caught Joyce flush, but even that wsn't enough. The fact that Joe didn't even wobble while eating these shots made the situation worse for Daniel, who now looked and appeared out of his depth.
His corner sensed this, and were overheard telling him "this is the fight game, you're in it", a comment that all but admitted the plan had gone out the wndow, and the loss was inevitable.