Joe Joyce doesn’t really feel like a rematch with Daniel Dubois is critical, believing his home rival hasn’t proven something since that may make the end result any completely different.
Joyce used his expertise and relentless energy to cease Dubois within the tenth spherical of their 2020 contest – the younger fighter taking a knee and lacking the referee’s depend on account of a fractured eye socket.
Since then, each males have climbed the heavyweight ranks. A powerful win over Joseph Parker noticed Joyce grow to be the WBO Interim Champion, and Dubois’ journey to the States to defeat Trevor Bryan means he’s now WBA Common Champion.
Most not too long ago, ‘Dynamite’ was preventing on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium the place South African Kevin Lerena got here worryingly near spoiling the social gathering.
The champion was down 3 times within the first spherical – a mixture of a shot catching him on the highest of the top and what seems to be an injured knee. Fortunately for the Dubois hype practice, he regained composure and knocked Lerena out within the third.
Chatting with ID Boxing Information, Joyce mentioned the efficiency confirmed little enchancment.
“I didn’t actually see an excessive amount of development in that struggle. He didn’t look excellent. He regarded like he was getting stopped … He was in a reasonably severe scenario then.
“His leg’s enjoying up, he’s had three knockdowns within the first spherical – that doesn’t look good. I believe his opponent type of let him again in there.”
On the concept of a rematch between the pair – one thing that has been talked about by their shared promoter, Frank Warren, up to now – Joyce is in no rush.
“I believe I beat him fairly convincingly, so it doesn’t actually must be revisited. It may very well be a rematch down the road however there are lots higher fights on the market for me.”
Because the world titles look set to belong to 1 man this 12 months as soon as Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk face off, each Joyce and Dubois are primed for a shot within the aftermath.