Joe Joyce has moved closer to a world title opportunity in 2021 after he stopped Daniel Dubois in the 10th round in London.
After three postponements this year due to the coronavirus pandemic the pair finally squared off at Church House, with Dubois’s British title, Joyce’s Commonwealth crown and the vacant European belt at stake.
Joyce, 35, took all three titles after getting a jab through onto Dubois’s left eye which forced the younger fighter to take a knee early in the 10th and fail to answer the referee’s count.
Joyce’s experience and composure shone through as he weathered an early storm from his opponent, who had finished his previous three bouts before the third round.
The discipline and jab of the older man, who won a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics, proved the difference with Dubois, 23, unable to see out of his left eye by the end of the fight after it was repeatedly targeted.