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Joe Joyce and Sam Jones react to Dubois win over Fujimoto

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By Charles Brun: Joe ‘The Juggernaut’ Joyce and his manager Sam Jones didn’t think much of heavyweight Daniel Dubois’ opponent Kyotaro Fujimoto for last Saturday night at the Copper Box Arena in London, England.

The unbeaten contender Dubois (14-0, 13 KOs) crushed the over-matched 33-year-old Fujimoto (21-2, 13 KOs) in knocking him down twice in the 2nd round to get a knockout win. Dubois won the vacant WBC Silver heavyweight title. That’s a belt that will likely help the 22-year-old Dubois get pushed up the World Boxing Council’s rankings.

Dubois not ready for Deontay Wilder of Tyson Fury

It’s still early in Dubois’ career for him to be tangling with WBC champion Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury. The WBC would be doing Dubois no favors in placing him in their top 5 because he’s clearly not ready to be taking on those type of heavyweights.

Jones says Fujimoto looked so bad that he wouldn’t even use him as a sparring partner for the 6’6″ Joyce. Dubois might not be too happy about that, given that he seemed pretty proud of himself after his knockout win. After the fight, Dubois said he would favor himself in a fight with Anthony Joshua. Few boxing fans would agree with that.

Although Dubois packs a good punch, he’s VERY slow of hand and foot. Joyce is slow too, but he at least moves well, and has upper body movement. Dubois is very robotic with his upper body, and he leaves himself open or counters when he throws his slow punches.

Jones unimpressed with Dubois’ opponent Fujimoto

“January 11th,” said Joyce’s manager Sam Jones to IFL TV when asked if Joyce will be fighting Huck. “He looked spectacular, but no offense, I wouldn’t get him for sparring with Joe,” said Jones in talking about Dubois’ opponent Kyotaro Fujimoto for last Saturday.

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“He’s terrible, wasn’t he? He came in, throw one punch, and got knocked out. Danny Dubois is a heavy-handed guy. If you get caught by the guy, and stand square, he’s going to be trouble,” said Jones.

Dubois’ management is bringing him along slowly by putting him in with guys that are utterly beatable like Fujimoto. Technically, Fujimoto was a contender, but not a good one, obviously. We saw that he was flawed years ago when he was blown out in five rounds by

In Dubois’ last five fights, he’s beaten these fringe level fighters:

  • Ebenezer Tetteh
  • Kyotaro Fujimoto
  • Nathan Gorman
  • Richard Lartey
  • Razvan Cojanu

Those are all safe opponents for Dubois to shine against in showcase level fights, and he did what basically any contender would do in beating these guys.

Joyce faces Huck on January 11

“The fights on and tickets are on sale,” said Joyce to IFL TV about his fight against Marco Huck next January. “It was a good knockout. I hope he’s alright,” said Joyce about Dubois’ 2nd round knockout win over Kyotaro Fujimoto. “He was quite color-coded, and quite easy to hit.

“He looked like Rufio from Captain Hook. It’s going to be a hostile crowd, maybe. I don’t know, we’ll see,” Joyce said about his fight against Huck. Big year next year, and we’re going to go for some world titles. Yeah, big fights in 2020.

Joyce faces former WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (41-5-1, 28 KOs) for the EBU belt on January 11 at the TUI Arena, in Hannover, Germany. Huck 35, isn’t the fighter that he used to be, but he can still punch and he could be a problem for Joyce. The Juggernaut Joyce looked terrible in his last fight in struggling to beat Bryant Jennings by a 12 round decision last summer on July 13 at the O2 Arena in London.

Two of the judges scored it wide in Joyce’s favor by the scores 118-109 , 117-110. The third scored the fight in a more realistic way in giving it to Joyce by a 115-113. That’s the same score that Boxing News 24 had it. Joyce won the fight, but just barely. Obviously, it looks bad that Joyce couldn’t beat a limited older fighter like Jennings in an emphatic manner.

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