British Heavyweight Action! Dubois Kayos Gorman, Joyce Decisions Jennings
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Greenwich, UK (13th of July, 2019)–Both former world heavyweight champion David Haye and promoter Frank Warren felt Daniel ‘Dynamite’ Dubois was fantastic in the main event at 02 Arena in Greenwich, United Kingdom, on Saturday evening, July 13, 2019.
At age 21, Dubois, 12-0 with 11 knockouts, Greenwich, London, United Kingdom, is the third youngest British heavyweight champion ever, after Joe Bugner and Herbie Hyde.
Dubois, boxing behind the jab at long range disciplined boxing with sparkling accuracy, which spelled knockout, finishing Nathan Gorman with a double left jab followed by an overhand right to the head in the fifth round to win the vacant BBBofC British Heavyweight title.
Gorman was cut on the left eyebrow from a Dubois punch in the second round and got knocked down in the third round after taking several grazing rights to the head. Gorman, 16-1 with 11 knockouts, Nantwich, Cheshire, United Kingdom, never fully recovered. Dubois staggered Gorman in the fifth round, before knocking him out. Gorman had a reach and weight advantage, but Dubois had the better physique and the active jab, with the confidence to walk Gorman down and simply outbox him. Dubois followed his corner advice to just outbox Gorman and break him down after a few rough and tumble exchanges which could have gone Gorman’s way beyond a certain point if Dubois fell for it.
According to promoter Frank Warren, “Look we could have done that. Joyce gets the winner of Charr for a world title. Daniel Dubois in with anybody, if he hits them, they’ll go. He’s silent but deadly. He (Daniel still) needs to work a bit on his defense. He took some good shots (from Gorman). He’s going to have to tighten up on his defense. The good thing is, Daniel took the shots. Boxing’s about boxing to your strength, basic boxing. You work to your strength, (and) you box to your strength. That’s what’s impressive.”
In the preliminary bout to the main event, rising 2016 Olympic Heavyweight Silver Medalist Joe Joyce retains his WBA Gold Heavyweight title and went to 10-0, nine knockouts, London, United Kingdom, with a 12 round unanimous decision over fading 24-4 Philadelphia heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings. It appeared Jennings won the final round, which Boxing Scene, who had the fight even going into the final round, gave to Joyce. The scorecard of one judge 115-112, or otherwise 114-113 seemed more correct-still not enough for Jennings to win in ‘Merrie Olde England’. Jenning was penalized a point in the tenth round for a low blow. The lost point did not impact the scorecards significantly.
The British crowd were quiet despite Joyce’s big win, expecting a better performance. According to promoter Frank Warren, “Joyce went 12 rounds for the first time against a dangerous opponent, but his boxing game showed a lot of holes with room for major improvement. It was a step up for Joyce, with only nine pro fights. That was a step for Joyce on his record, we hope he learned from it.”
02 Arena Greenwich Boxing Results:
Daniel Dubois KO 5 Nathan Gorman, Heavyweights (2:41)
Dubois wins vacant BBBofC British Heavyweight title
Referee; Victor Laughlin
Joy Joyce Win 12 Bryant Jennings, Heavyweights
Joyce retains World Boxing Association Gold Heavyweight title
Scoring: 118-109, 117-110, 115-112 Joyce. Real Combat Media 114-113 for Joyce.
Jennings was penalized a point in round 10 for a low blow.
Liam Williams TKO 2 Karim Achour, Middleweights
Williams wins World Boxing Council Silver Middleweight title
Archie Sharp Win 10 Jordon McCorry, Super Featherweights
Sharp retains World Boxing Organization European Super Featherweight title
Sunny Edwards Win 10 Hiram Gallardo, Super Flyweights
Edwards wins International Boxing Federation International Super Flyweight title
Willy Hutchinson win 6 Josip Perkovic, Light Heavyweights
Dennis McCann Win 4 Jerson Larios, Bantamweights
Jake Pettitt Win 4 Elvis Guillen, Super Featherweights
Guillen was knocked down in the third round, came back to go the distance.
Mark Chamberlain Win 4 Sergio Gonzalez, Lightweights
Gonzalez was down twice in the first round, came back to go the distance.
Micky Burke (Pro Debut) Win 4 Mike Williams, Welterweights
Florian Marku TKO 4 Tommy Broadbent, Welterweights
Hamzah Sheeraz TKO 1 Scott James, Middleweights
Jonathan Palata TKO 1 Ferenc Zsalek, Heavyweights