Sad ending and surprised he did that. Only had one good eye but that’s enough for the big champions.
Super pleased with that. Dubois has shown he just hasn’t got the minerals to be a contender. Once you’ve quit like that once it’s always there with you and any decent opponent will know where he’ll go if in deep water. Also thought Frank Warren was a disgrace in the post fight interview. Could barely give Joe any credit at all. He’ll pay for that too as Joe will be leaving Queensbury for Matchroom ASAP imo.
You could see Frank was gutted and he's a bitter old man. He genuinely thought that Dubois was going to be the next big thing and has now lost his cash cow.
Cant wait to watch the next Sam Jones Interview he's going to rub it in big time!
Dubois’s trainer whispered in his ear in between the last couple of rounds.
You can take an educated guess on what he told him to do, given what was to come.
Dubois obviously came up short. Joyce only needed to do one thing well and it was enough to destroy him.
Dubois wasn’t going to win.
It was the right call to take a knee given his stage of career.
Why go for broke, and risk his sight? He can come again when he’s improved.
That suggests though that Dubois has the mentality of a chess player not a fighter. In the heat of battle you don’t think years ahead, you do anything you can to win or survive.
To take a delayed knee from a jab, suggests he didn’t fancy it.
At least have one final hurrah or make it to the end of the round and let your corner make a decision.
I think his actions reflect badly on him and to give up your belts like that, leave a bad taste.
It wasn’t even as though he was taking a hiding, he was ahead on all three scorecards. Trying to survive and protect the eye may well have been enough.
I disagree with that. If the fight had carried on, Dubois would have got battered and risked even more injury to his broken eye socket. It wouldn’t have gone the distance. Joyce knew it, Dubois (obviously) knew it.
The fact is Dubois was put in with an experienced, resilient campaigner too soon. His corner probably realised that during the fight. You can be fairly sure Dubois packed it in under orders or at least advice from his corner.
I don’t think it necessarily means he’d pull out again.
Also , it’s easy for us to say “he quit, he should have carried on”. Many a punch drunk, broke ex pro has taken that attitude.
It’s all good for us British fight fans - Joyce will get a shot before he’s past it, Dubois will have time to regroup and have another go. Him quitting last night, hopefully safeguards his future
I’d argue that surviving against Joyce whilst not easy, is more than possible IVO Joyce’s limited offensive arsenal. He barely threw anything other than a stiff jab all night. No combinations and no punch variety.
Protect the eye, maintain a distance and clinch when up close. Spoiling tactics could have got him through that in my opinion.
Fair enough, we will never know for sure and Dubois was indeed up on two of the cards (one of them by eight rounds which was laughable). The other two were close.
Worth noting that Joyce said afterwards he stuck with the jab all night because it was working - not because it’s all he had. The more Dubois’s eye closed the more Joyce would have opened up.
Dubois was gone by the end imho. His aggressiveness hadn’t worked, it had also tired him out, his eye was closed, his face was busted up. He didn’t have the experience to lean on. His corner seemed to have lost confidence in him. Joyce looked primed to take him out. .....the tactics you suggest may have worked, if he had it in him at that point. But he didn’t. He was getting knocked out.