Juggernaut forces Dubois out, but was it a quit?
In iconic scenery, Church House in Westminster, Joe Joyce defeated Daniel Dubois to announce himself on the world stage as a potential opponent for a champion next year.
The build up had been tough. Delay after delay for the pandemic, and if we're honest, lame trash talk that almost seemed forced.
The reason for that? These guys aren't natural showmen, they're fighters and both were extremely confident.
In the opening round Joyce showed he was willing to back himself. It was almost as if he wanted to see how hard Dubois would hit, not that it mattered because he could take anything. Once he realised he wasn't going to be fazed, he'd won more than half the battle.
Then, referring to some of the talk pre fight, Joyce did what he said he was going to - he relied on his experience and took Dubois to waters he'd never been to before. Visibly shaken, Dubois began to panic, while Joyce was calm, but relentless, pinpoint execution with a vicious jab, while simultaneously muting that of 'Dynamite', one of the most talked about in the division.
With consistent, destructive jabbing, Joyce controlled and dismantled. Some, including BT pundit Carl Frampton, said Dubois quit, while others would argue in his stage of his career it was the smart thing to do.
Either way, the fight delivered, and it's congratulations to Joyce.