By News Team
26th November 2020
Daniel Dubois and Joy Joyce are back in action this weekend, ready to collide for the British, Commonwealth and European heavyweight titles, as both look to take the next step towards fighting for a world title.
Elsewhere on the undercard, Hamzah Sheeraz defends his WBO European super-welterweight title for the second time. We take a look at both fights in detail.
Dubois has all the attributes for stardom
Daniel Dubois has flown onto the British heavyweight scene under Frank Warren and Queensberry Promotions, winning all 15 of his professional fights since making his debut in 2017, and going the distance just once. He’s being touted as the first of the next generation of British fighters with potential to win a world title at heavyweight, and with his heavy hands and exciting front-foot approach, fans have taken to Dubois with open arms.
By contrast, Joe Joyce is coming towards the end of his time in boxing at the age of 35. He enjoyed a strong amateur career between 2011 and 2016 and has since overseen 11 wins in the professional ranks to date. Although Joyce has fought four fewer fights as a professional than Dubois, the opposition he has faced has been vastly superior.
Bermane Stiverne was a former world champion, Bryant Jennings went 12 rounds with Wladimir Klitschko when the Ukrainian was in his prime, and Alexander Ustinov was a former world title challenger – all dispatched with ease by Joyce.
The Londoner will be Dubois’ toughest opponent to date, and it’ll be interesting to see whether the youngster’s punch power can make a dent in the durable Joyce, and in turn, whether Joyce can test Dubois’ chin, which has been largely unchecked to date.
Sheeraz edging towards world level
Since making his professional debut, Hamzah Sheeraz has had a perfect record of 12-0, boxing at a level far and above what’s expected for such a young fighter.
Now, Sheeraz seeks to record his second successful defence of his WBO European super-welterweight title, and propel himself further up the world rankings, where he currently sits 15th with the WBO.
The Slough-born brawler faces unknown entity Guido Nicolas Pitto from Argentina, and as he tops the undercard for BT Sport’s most anticipated domestic fight of the year, it’s his big chance to put on a performance that’ll win over some new fans.