Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce were both successful in recent outings, with Dubois ending the great Trevor Bryan experiment easily on June 11 and Joyce smashing Christian Hammer on July 2, and with both heavyweights looking for good fights, talk of a rematch between the two only seems natural.
Joyce (14-0, 13 KO) handed Dubois (18-1, 17 KO) his first loss back in Nov. 2020, with Dubois stopped mainly due to an eye injury in the 10th round.
Trainer Shane McGuigan believes Dubois can beat Joyce if a rematch comes around, and also believes that it will easily be a bigger fight, with the first taking place in a “bubble” atmosphere.
From Sky Sports:
“I think it’s a very hard fight but it’s a fight that he can win with the right strategy, with the right gameplan. I don’t think either of them performed to their best ability. ... It maybe came a little bit too soon, not just for Dan but probably for both of them. Because it could have been built into a much bigger spectacle. If we can get it again, it would be amazing.”
Dubois turns 25 in September, while Joyce will turn 37 the same month. The current plan from promoter Frank Warren is to have Joyce — who has a top ranking with the WBO — return on Sept. 24. Dubois carries the WBA’s secondary “world” title that nobody much takes seriously from the outside, but could be attractive in terms of getting him opponents.
McGuigan added that he believes Dillian Whyte (28-3, 19 KO) would be a “great fight” for Dubois, but he’s “not sure Dillian will want it because of where he is in his career,” conceding it could be tough to get done.
Would you want to see a Joyce vs Dubois rematch by the end of the year? Would Dubois even the score or would Joyce make it 2-0 against the young man?