JOE JOYCE battered Daniel Dubois into a tenth-round submission in a huge upset.
Dubois failed to get to his feet after a jab to the eye put him down to a knee on the canvas.
The two traded jabs in the opening round, but neither really managed to land with any force.
But it was Joyce who took control of the centre of the ring, boxing at distance as Dubois struggled.
Dubois came out throwing leather at the start of the second as it almost sounded like there was a crowd in there with each boxer’s family and friends shouting encouragement.
Dubois landed a huge right half-way through, finding his range as Joyce tried to tie him up.
The third was where Joyce was really shook – Dubois hammered in three huge shots.
But it seemed as though he exerted too much too soon and went on the backfoot to get a breather.
Joyce old-manned Dubois in the fourth, giving the youngster a jabbing lesson – demonstrated by Triple D’s face increasingly reddening.
Coming out for the fifth, it seemed like Dubois knew he was in a war, as he tried to work his own jab to set up his mammoth right.
Joyce tried to keep it at range in the sixth, and when Dubois landed the older man tried to tie him up. Dubois’ eye continued to swell.
Dubois landed a solid right that has shook most of his opponents – but not Joyce. He did enough to take the seventh.
Referee Ian John Lewis warned Dubois twice on some low shots in the eighth, but Joyce didn’t seem too bothered.
Joyce handed his hand in the air at thend of the ninght, as he jabbed, frustrated and evaded anything Dubois had to offer.
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