Next month, knockout artists Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce will lock-horns in a much-anticipated showdown, and much to the delight of fight fans around the world, promoter Frank Warren revealed that the bout will not be on pay-per-view. The fight between the London natives will see two of the hottest prospects in heavyweight boxing go toe-to-toe, and both will be hoping to keep their unbeaten records intact.
Joyce, who turned professional in 2017 – following a controversial silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics – has won 10 of his 11 fights via TKO/KO, whilst ‘Triple D’, who is the heavy favourite in the odds on Dubois vs Joyce, also turned professional in 2017. However, he has already been involved in 15 bouts – winning 14 of those by TKO/KO, whilst the other was via a unanimous decision.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at Dubois’ last five bouts. Read on to find out more!
Richard Lartey – KO (11-0)
In March 2019, Dubois knocked out Răzvan Cojanu, to win the vacant WBO European Heavyweight title, and, just one month later he returned to the ring. A bout against Richard Lartey headlined the Wembley Arena event, and, after trading blows in the opening rounds, ‘DDD’ knocked out his Ghanaian opposition, with a powerful right hand, in the fourth round. As a result, Dubois added the vacant WBO European Heavyweight title to his ranks.
“It was a fire fight, and I was still basically trying to hit him with shots,” The 23-year-old told BT Sport.
“I let my mind go then I thought, ‘You know what, I need to pick the right shots’.
“I hit him with a good shot and caught him on the point where I wanted to all night, so it was a lesson learnt.”
Nathan Gorman – KO (12-0)
Dubois’ next fight, in July 2019, was at the O2 arena, and it was against fellow undefeated Briton Nathan Gorman. ‘DDD’ looked better from the off, and first floored his opponent in the third round. Dubois eventually put the bout to bed, knocking his opponent to floor again in the fifth, and as a result, ending Gorman’s 16-fight unbeaten streak. Dubois also took home the vacant British Heavyweight title.
Dubois extended his professional record to 13-0, with a comfortable victory over Ghana’s undefeated Ebenezer Tetteh. It was Triple D’s opponents first fight outside of his homeland and he was visibly nervous – even forgetting to put in his gumshield early on in the first round. The bout didn’t last long, as Dubois knocked his opponent down twice, before the referee finally put an end to fight withinthe opening round. ‘DDD’ added the vacant Commonwealth and WBO International Heavyweight titles to his collection.
“I think with every fight I am improving,” said Dubois.
“I did what I had to do, I worked the jab and everything I worked on in training I put into practice.
“I am relaxed in the ring and the more relaxed you are the more power you can generate as a fighter.”
Kyotaro Fujimoto – KO (14-0)
In what was his fifth, and final, fight of 2019, Dubois demolished Japan’s Kyotaro Fujimoto. ‘DDD’ dropped Kyotaro in the second round with a jab, and shortly after finished the bout with a trademark right hook – which left the Japanese boxer needing oxygen. Dubois retained his WBO Heavyweight title and added the vacant WBC Silver Heavyweight belt to his collection – which is made up of eight titles from his first 14 professional fights.
Ricardo Snijders – TKO (15-0)
After his longest period away from the ring in his professional career, Dubois went toe-to-toe with Ricardo Snijders, behind closed doors at the BT Sport Studios, back in August. After three knockdowns in the first round, the Dutch boxer, somehow, kept getting back to his feet. Snijders fourth time hitting the mat, early in the second round, was enough for the referee to put an end to the bout, and ‘DDD’ defended his WBO International Heavyweight title for the second time.
Dubois vs Joyce will take place on November 28th, and, as well as ‘DDD’ defending his British and Commonwealth titles, the vacant European Heavyweight belt is also up for grabs.