Paul Wheeler dissects the mouth-watering Daniel Dubois vs Joe Joyce matchup and predicts the winner
AGE AND PHYSICAL EQUIPMENT
DUBOIS: At 23, Dubois is the youthful man by 12 years. This additionally interprets to him being the far more energizing of the 2, as his newbie profession was not as in depth or exacting as Joyce’s. Muscular and barrel-chested, the prodigious teen is an imposing bodily specimen.
JOYCE: Though each boxers are hulking giants, the 6ft 6in Joyce is marginally taller than Dubois, whereas additionally possessing a barely longer attain at 80ins. Regardless of being the heavier of the 2, Joyce is a supremely agile athlete, as evidenced by his celebratory capoeira abilities.
EDGE: Whereas they’re comparatively related by way of dimension and stature, the age distinction between the pair is substantial – and it favours Dubois.
DUBOIS: Having fun with success on each the home and worldwide entrance, the Greenwich heavyweight compiled a powerful 69-6 report as an newbie, although primarily at junior and youth degree. Like Joyce, he had his skilled debut in 2017. With 15 contests beneath his belt, he has made 4 extra appearances as a professional in comparison with his upcoming foe. Nonetheless, the duo have contested the identical variety of rounds (43). The furthest Dubois has gone is 10 periods (as soon as), which is the one time he has fought previous the five-frame mark. In Kevin Johnson and Razvan Cojanu, he has crushed two former world title challengers.
JOYCE: The vastly adorned “Juggernaut” excelled within the newbie ranks. His magnificent medal haul contains two ABA/England Boxing Elite golds (2012 and 2014), a European bronze (2013), a Commonwealth gold (2014), a European Video games gold (2015), a World bronze (2015) and an Olympic silver (2016). Moreover, he assembled a superb 14-2 ledger within the World Collection of Boxing from 2012 to 2016, together with a victory over Filip Hrgovic and a loss to Oleksandr Usyk. Within the execs, he has accomplished a 12-rounder on one event, and has gone additional than 5 rounds in two different bouts. Joyce, who has twice carried out within the US as a professional, has had two fights for a significant championship (Commonwealth), which is identical quantity as Dubois (one British, one Commonwealth). The Putney resident has confronted the higher opponents total – most notably ex-world titlist Bermane Stiverne and former world title contestant Bryant Jennings.
EDGE: The benefit is with Joyce on this division, on account of his superior newbie credentials and the loftier class of his opposition.
DUBOIS: The fighter referred to as “Dynamite” has dominated everybody he has come up in opposition to to this point, scoring some highlight-reel KOs alongside the best way. His win over Nathan Gorman is the standout success on his CV. Because the headline act in a extremely anticipated conflict of unbeatens, there was plenty of stress on Dubois’ broad shoulders. He dealt with this weight of expectation beautifully by knocking Gorman out within the fifth spherical.
JOYCE: Like Dubois, Joyce has by no means come near dropping. Stopping Stiverne within the sixth was a noteworthy achievement. He confirmed his big-name adversary no respect and stamped his authority onto proceedings. The way in which by which he blasted previous Alexander Ustinov in simply three rounds was additionally eye-catching.
EDGE: When prevailing in opposition to Gorman, Dubois demonstrated that he has a number of sides to his recreation. It was a stellar displaying.
DUBOIS: It’s merely nitpicking, however Dubois was not in a position to get Johnson out of there, though solely three folks ever have. He comprehensively outpointed the sturdy veteran, but by no means seemed like securing a stoppage. He additionally admitted himself that he was too gung-ho and overly open at occasions in opposition to Richard Lartey. Nonetheless, he nonetheless triumphed in model with a fourth-round knockout.
JOYCE: Jennings was a effective scalp for Joyce, so it’s harsh to criticise him, however he did swallow a couple of pointless photographs in what was a aggressive tussle. Despite this, he was a worthy winner through unanimous choice.
EDGE: Some hazard indicators had been evident for Joyce in his match with Jennings, so Dubois shades this one.
DUBOIS: A devastating puncher to both head or physique, Dubois’ proper hand is a harmful weapon, particularly when launched within the type of a hook. The reigning British and Commonwealth champion is an explosive, poised and fluent operator, in addition to being a ruthless finisher. He pumps out highly effective jabs, and has displayed strong whiskers each time he has been hit.
JOYCE: Dubois could be the larger one-punch hitter, however Joyce’s KO ratio is sort of equal to that of his rival (91 per cent in opposition to 93 per cent). Undoubtedly, Joe’s biggest attribute is his excellent work charge, which is unusual for a heavyweight. Boasting an unimaginable engine, the marauding Londoner relentlessly marches ahead and unloads a mess of thudding blows each upstairs and down. Jolting jabs and thumping two-fisted assaults drain the vitality from his opponents and erode their defences. Sturdy and steely, he additionally has a superb chin.
EDGE: Each fighters possess punishing energy, however Joyce’s prolific punch output is exclusive and memorable for a person of his important dimension.
DUBOIS: Having removed the overwhelming majority of his foes within the early rounds, it will likely be fascinating to see how Dubois reacts if Joyce is ready to stand as much as his strikes and take him into the later levels of the battle, whereas nonetheless urgent ahead himself.
JOYCE: Whereas Dubois could be tagged, Joyce has been recognized to ship extra punches. He has a ‘take one to land one’ mentality, however using this method in opposition to the huge-hitting Dubois will likely be fraught with peril. Joyce has been labelled as one-dimensional, but this one dimension could be very efficient.
EDGE: Joyce’s method of combating makes him hittable, and Dubois will fancy his possibilities of making the most of this.
Joyce will convey the warmth from the get-go, whereas Dubois will likely be blissful to oblige. Heavy jabs will likely be swapped and fierce follow-ups will likely be exchanged. Joyce will likely be aiming to check Dubois’ tank by dragging him into the ultimate third of the 12-rounder and sustaining a torrid tempo, however so as to take action he must keep away from delivery an excessive amount of punishment. Finally, this gained’t be the case. The choose is for Dubois to get by means of with sufficient damaging photographs to pressure the referee’s intervention simply previous the midway mark.
UNSURPRISINGLY, the undercard lacks the irresistible competitiveness of the principle occasion. Within the super-welterweight division, white sizzling Ilford starlet Hamzah Sheeraz will doubtless get a couple of extra rounds beneath his belt in opposition to Argentina’s Guido Nicolas Pitto however is unlikely to be overly troubled. Chorley’s Jack Catterall continues to tread water whereas ready for his WBO super-lightweight title shot when he takes on Tunisia-born Frenchman, Abderrazak Houya. Anticipate victories additionally for Banstead featherweight Louie Lynn (over comebacking Brummie Paul Holt), cruiserweight Jack Massey of Chapel-en-le-Frith (over Iranian Mohammed Ali Bayet Farid) and Ladbroke Grove heavyweight David Adeleye (over Silsden’s Danny Whitaker).