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Years After TKO Sensational Win, Joe Joyce Discloses Frustration Over Not Being Given Title Shot Instead of Daniel Dubois

Published 09/18/2023, 3:50 PM EDT

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Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce fought on November 28, 2020. The fight was highly anticipated. Many bet on Dubois to win. However, Joyce’s experience and jab changed the game. In the 10th round, Joyce’s left hand knocked out Dubois. Dubois took a knee, and the referee counted to ten. His left eye suffered severe injury. He chose to quit. Joyce controlled the fight’s pace with his strong jabs. Dubois later admitted Joyce’s jabs were accurate, and he couldn’t see.

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However, Dubois fought Oleksandr Usyk recently. In their controversial fight, Usyk emerged victorious. The ‘Juggernaut’ has since expressed his disappointment for the same. Despite knocking out Dubois, Joyce watched as Dubois got the title shot he felt was rightfully his. Moreover, the sanctioning organization’s rotation system played a pivotal role in this, pushing Joyce further down the line. However, this is just one part of the story. Read to find out all about it!

Why is Joe Joyce so disappointed about Dubois being Usyk’s adversary?


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Joe Joyce is a boxer who has tasted both success and failure. However, for him, the journey to a title shot has been anything but straightforward. Joyce wanted Dubois to beat Usyk. A win would set up a Joyce-Dubois rematch for titles. Also, Joyce lost an optional fight with Zhilei Zhang, after which he immediately triggered the rematch clause. Joyce now believes his career time is running out and wants a title shot soon.

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While expressing his dissatisfaction, Joyce said to Boxing Scene, “It was frustrating that it was the guy I beat convincingly that got the shot before me. And it bothers me that I was once the WBA gold (champion) and paid the sanctioning fees, and then I was completely out of that (mix).”


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He explained more about the issue, saying, “That’s a route I could’ve taken, but I did the WBO route and I’m in that position again. But to have to lose to Zhang, when I was so close and I could’ve just waited and took a different shot, it was quite a hard time and lesson to learn.” He also expressed his reasons for triggering the rematch clause immediately. As he said, “I don’t really have time to piece my way back another way, so I have to.” 

Joe Joyce feels frustrated and overlooked. He knocked out Daniel Dubois but saw Dubois get a title shot against Oleksandr Usyk. Joyce wanted a rematch with Dubois for titles. He’s upset that despite his win over Dubois, he got pushed down the line due to sanctioning organizations. He now feels that the clock on his career is ticking and wants a title shot soon.
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So, what do you think about Joyce’s opinion? Feel free to share your views in the comment section below!

WATCH- VIDEO: Joe Joyce Mockingly Calls Out Oleksandr Usyk After Beating Daniel Dubois



Tanya Tewari

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Tanya Tewari is a Boxing Writer at Essentially Sports. She has beautifully blended her love for the combat sport with her fondness for writing. She is especially interested in bringing out the different sides of a persona to the rest of the world.

Edited By: Gokul Pillai