DuBois, Joyce victorious in London

In a grudge match between unbeaten heavyweights, Daniel “Dynamite” Dubois (12-0, 11 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Nathan Gorman (16-1, 11 KOs) for the vacant British title on Saturday night at the famed O2 Arena in London. Dubois dropped Gorman in round three, but Gorman got up and fought bravely. Dubois floored Gorman again in round five for the count. Time was 2:41.

2016 Olympic silver medalist Joe Joyce (10-0, 9 KOs) stepped up in class to take a twelve round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Bryant Jennings (24-4, 14 KOs). It was a tactical fight. Jennings landed the cleaner blows while Joyce was far busier. Scores were 118-108, 117-110, 115-110. Jennings was deducted a point for a low blow by referee Steve Grey in round ten.

British middleweight beltholder Liam Williams (21-2-1, 16 KOs) scored a second round KO over Karim Achour (27-6-3, 4 KOs). Time was 1:51. Achour down twice in round two. Williams claimed the vacant WBC silver middleweight title.

Unbeaten super featherweight Archie Sharp (16-0, 8 KOs) scored a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Jordan McCorry (18-6-1, 4 KOs) to retain his WBO Euro belt. Scores 98-91 3x. McCorry down in round three.

Unbeaten super flyweight Sunny Edwards (12-0, 4 KOs) outboxed Hiram Gallardo (12-3-2, 4 KOs) over a mostly dull ten rounds. Score was 99-90 across the board. Gallardo down in round two. Edwards picked up the vacant IBF International belt.

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  • Joyce is a peculiar entity. No speed and no power , but phenomenal chin. I think a world class puncher will beat him easily

    • Very true. I’ve watched Joyce since the amateurs and am really intruiged to see how he does at the top level. In my opinion, against a real puncher like Wilder, he’ll get KO’d from his lack of head movement.

      • I just don’t understand why Bryant Jennings doesn’t throw some straight right hand punches…He has to hook everything that he throws..This has really drove him down to a B class fighter.

    • Joyce is just an arm puncher and 33 years old. He won’t beat any top contender. Dubois would probably beat him.

  • Joyce is painfully open his defense is his chin. Wilder would murder him, Fury would make him look like a clown.

  • I would love to see Daniel DuBois defeat Joe Joyce. Joyce is overrated, but not a punk. Joyce is a good guy. Yes, very overrated, but a good guy.

    Would you care to know what a punk looks like? I will show you two. Colin Kaepernick and Megan Rapinoe

  • Two heavyweight one-sided fights. Daniel Dubois was too strong for Nathan Gorman and used his jab to setup his power punches. Gorman did not use a jab, which was a mistake, but often led with left hooks that missed leaving him open for a right hand to the side of the head. He was just overmatched. Dubois fought a disciplined fight and didn’t go crazy trying for a knockout the first time he dropped Gorman. Gorman didn’t punch hard enough to bother Dubois and the knockout ending was never in doubt. Dubois looked good tonight.

    As for Joyce and Jennings, it was a hugely disappointing performance by Jennings. He fought on the defensive all night and fought like he wanted to survive rather than win. He rarely threw punches and when he did, they were sharp and often landed cleanly but without his body behind them. Joyce just outworked him and Jennings won possibly one or two rounds but that was it.

    As for Joyce, the good: he is tall, long, takes a good shot and throws a lot of punches. The bad: he pushes his punches and telegraphs most of them. Most of his punches are arm shots and are relatively slow. His punches got slower and slower as the fight went on. However, he was the only one throwing punches so the unanimous decision win was a formality. I expected a lot more from Bryant but he just didn’t punch hard enough to bother Joyce. The only shot that hurt Joyce was a left hand to the liver early in the fight, but he covered up well after that and was never threatened again. A heavyweight who can punch can stop Joyce, but there are few of those at the top. I’d like to see him in against Efe Ajagba, who can really crack and throws a lot of punches as well. My money would be on Ajagba.

    Bryant just didn’t throw enough punches to beat anyone. His future is questionable now because he looked like a C-class fighter tonight. He is no longer a trial horse but just another opponent in the heavyweight division.

    • Allways agree with you Ajagba is a monster; but so is Yoka who just koed Dimitrenko in 3 ! And Hrgovic isn’t bad too. Can’t wait to see Usyk against one of the HW champs ! Just an amazing weight class HW is becoming !

  • All these UK heavyweights are using PEDs due to UK not testing as thorough as the US. That is why the UK heavyweight scene is what it is. They have no skill and once they leave the UK they will be exposed just like Joshua.

  • Joe Joyce probably hits harder than we give him credit for. Maybe Jennings has lost his competitive drive, but it might have had more to do with Joyce’s power. He reminds me of a young George Foreman with his movements, but he definitely doesn’t hit as hard. He has several strikes against him as far as the young up and comers:

    1) he’s actually not that young, so he’s likely a finished product.

    2) he does have poor defense and will likely hate life once a real puncher lands….Possibly Dubois.

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