The boxing world couldn’t quite believe what they witnessed after Joe Joyce ended the Daniel Dubois hype-train in unreal circumstances in their heavyweight title bout.
Many fans had Dubois ending his older 35-year-old opponent in the way of knockout due to his scary power.
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After all, his last three fights haven’t gone past the third round.
But in an incredible finish, Dubois was forced to ‘take a knee’ and couldn’t continue after a vicious jab from Joyce closed the right eye of the big British heavyweight.
— ESPN Ringside (@ESPNRingside) November 28, 2020
The heavyweight’s (15-1, 14KOs) decision to take a knee, prompted former champs David Haye and Carl Frampton to criticise how the fight ended.
"I was very unhappy with the way he took a knee...I never like seeing a fighter take a knee” Haye said on BT Sport after the fight.
"I think he quit there! I have to be brutally honest...Dubois can still come back,” Frampton added.
Fans criticise Dubois after stoppage
Many on social media were also critical of Dubois, while also praising Joyce for the great game plan.
"I was very unhappy with the way he took a knee."
"I think he quit there! Dubois can still come back!"@RealCFrampton and @DavidHaye have their say on the #DuboisJoyce stoppage. pic.twitter.com/V4GifwavaB
— Boxing on BT Sport 🥊 (@BTSportBoxing) November 28, 2020
Well done to Joe Joyce, just walked through anything Dubois hit him with. There’s no nice way to say this but Dubois quit. Got hit with a clean jab on a damaged eye and sat it out. He’s young but if you’ve got the quit in you then 🤷🏻♂️ it’s always gonna be a doubt over him.
— matthew macklin (@mattmacklin) November 28, 2020
You’ve gotta question Dubois heart, he got hit back and didn’t like it, then stayed down there an didn’t wanna beat the count, well done Joe Joyce you big hard c**t 👏🏻👏🏻
— Anthony Fowler 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (@afowler06) November 28, 2020
Credit to Joe Joyce there, he fought so smart with the jab and forced Dubois to quit. He took a lot of heavy shots from Dubois and didn't noticeably struggle either - very impressive performance! Proved me wrong, I had Dubois. #DuboisJoyce
— Alex McCarthy (@AlexM_talkSPORT) November 28, 2020
Daniel Dubois left eyes completely taken out by joe Joyce’s consistent jabs !!! I really enjoyed watching joe Joyce , was so tactical with this fight, stood afar hitting accurate jabs on Daniel’s face . Dubois has a lot to learn from this fight, still a young boy #DuboisJoyce pic.twitter.com/HleqVMqiIg
— akintesegun (@Naijafootball2) November 28, 2020
Impressive victory for Joyce. Dubois is young and can learn from this. Enjoyable heavyweight scrap, congratulations to both for putting on a good fight - #boxing
— Manny Robles (@manny_boxing) November 28, 2020
‼️ WOW. Incredible. Joe Joyce knocks out Daniel Dubois, forcing the younger man to take a knee after ten rounds on the end of the 'Juggernaut' jab. Big upset and a new British, European and Commonwealth heavyweight champion.
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) November 28, 2020
Joe Joyce KO10 Daniel Dubois! Drops him with a left jab to the damaged left eye! Dubois gets to a knee, wants no more. It is over! Huge win for Joyce, who wins the vacant Euro heavy title and takes British and Commonwealth titles. Really good fight! #DuboisJoyce #boxing
— Dan Rafael (@DanRafael1) November 28, 2020
It’s tough to say , but Daniel Dubois will be accused of quitting. Didn’t want to grit it out. Joyce won that on jab, experience, better mentality, good chin and more heart. Dubois might struggle to bounce back from that. Fight was there to be won. He didn’t want it.
— Ian Darke (@IanDarke) November 29, 2020
The fight was a close contest with fans unable to agree on who was winning heading into the 10th round.
But it was the brutal jab, a game plan of Joyce, that caught Dubois.
His eye immediately started to puff up and that was all he could take as he took and knee and didn’t answer the referee’s count.
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