Church House, Westminster - In a highly anticipated showdown between two undefeated heavyweights, Joe Joyce (12-0, 11 KOs) broke down and stopped Daniel Dubois (15-1, 14 KOs) in the tenth round.
The bout had numerous titles at stake, including the EBU, Commonwealth, British, WBC Silver and WBO International.
Joyce came out pressing forward as Dubois was jabbing and countering off the back-foot. Joyce was landing well with his lead jab. In the second, Dubois started strong with solid shots connecting. A few big shots made Joyce hold on.
At the start of the third, Dubois came out firing with hard shots. Joyce weathered the storm and was pumping a jab for most of the round. Dubois was doing a lot of body work in the fourth, as Joyce was still throwing a strong jab and Dubois's face was swelling up. The right hand was landing for Dubois in the fifth, with his jab starting to land. Joyce was going back to the jab and was getting hit with hard shots to the head.
Dubois had the edge in the close sixth, but his left eye was swelling up. There were big shots landed by Dubois at the start of the seventh. Joyce took the punches well. Joyce was still looking to pump out his strong jab, with Dubois landing the bigger punches. Joyce came out stalking Dubois in the eight. He was pressing forward with Dubois forced to fight while going backwards.
Joyce continued to jab well in the ninth, as Dubois was not being as active. Joyce landed several good shots in the closing moments. In the tenth, Dubois went down after getting hit on his damaged left eye and took the full count as the fight was waved off.