Finally, the fight we’ve been waiting an age for, is here.Ferocious punching ‘Dynamite’ Daniel Dubois takes on his toughest opponent yet, the relentless ‘Juggernaut’ Joe Joyce. This feels like one of them matchups that has to be exciting, stylistically in one corner we have a young explosive heavyweight who will try and take your head off with every opportunity, standing across from a man who will walk you down, take a shot on the chin to close the distance if he has to and just drain you. Will Dubois continue his trend of vicious knockouts or can Joyce take him to deep waters and drown him?
David Adeleye (3-0-0) vs Danny Whitaker (4-1-0)
After the debut of Mitchel Barton and the second fight in the career of prospect Joshua Frankham, the main card begins and what a prospect to kick off the night.
David Adeleye has been impressive in all 3 of his fights so far, stopping all his opponents in the process, including Matt Gordon who will be on the show earlier in the night facing Mitchell Barton in his debut.
Danny Whitaker’s only loss came in the 1st round against Nick Webb, Whitaker has bizarrely got another bout scheduled in for the 11th December in the car park of Sheffield Arena against Kash Ali.
Prediction: Adeleye in the 1st, I like Adeleye as a prospect and I think he’ll be too hungry and too powerful for Whitaker to handle.
Louie Lynn (7-0-0) vs Paul Holt (7-8-0)
We follow up the opening bout with another powerful prospect in the form of Featherweight Louie Lynn taking on Paul Holt.
Louie Lynn has done everything asked of him so far with 6 of his 7 wins coming by stoppage, with the only man taking him the distance being the ever-durable Brett Fidoe. Last time out he stopped Monty Ogilvie in an impressive 2 round demolition.
Of his last 6 losses (all against unbeaten fighters), Paul Holt has only been stopped twice. Both stoppage losses were also up at Super Feather against Leon Woodstock and Feargal McCrory respectively.
Prediction: Late stoppage for Louie Lynne, 6-8 rounds.
Jack Massey (16-1-0) vs Mohammad Ali Bayat Farid (16-1-1)
Time for the Cruiserweights, we see the big punching Iranian take on the English prospect Jack Massey.
Richard Riakporhe took a close decision in Jack Massey’s last bout back in December 2019. Massey was in the fight and maybe even ahead going into the 6th round before losing the middle rounds in my opinion followed by being dropped in the 10th, a 10-8 that some people may argue was the reason he lost the bout.
If Mohammad Ali Bayat Farid wins, he knocks you out, with all 16 of his wins coming by way of KO/TKO. He is currently on a winning streak of 12 fights and comes into the bout as the in-form man, albeit against lower opposition than Massey.
Prediction: A potential upset on the cards here, bookies have Bayat at 8/1 and for a man that punches the way he does, that was surprising. But, I believe Massey stops Bayat in the early rounds with his boxing IQ and technical ability, I think he finds the gaps and stops Bayat.
Jack Catterall (25-0-0) vs Abderrazak Houya (14-2-0)
The return of Jamie Moore’s man, Jack Catterall in a 10 round Super Lightweight bout against Frenchman Abderrazak Houya.
Possibly the most avoided man in boxing, Jack Catterall is in my opinion, the only man close to Josh Taylor in Britain at Super Lightweight. Being mandatory for the WBC World Title, Catterall was originally scheduled to take on Maurice Hooker for the title before he lost his title in a unification fight against Jose Carlos Ramirez. For Catterall it is just a waiting game and this looks to be a ‘ticking over fight’.
Houya lost a wide points decision last time out against 19-1 Spaniard Jon Fernandez in December last year. At 14-2, I think his record is slightly favourable, having only stopped 2 of the 14 and only fighting outside of France a couple of time.
Prediction: Just a tick over, I believe the fight goes for as long as Catterall wants it to. I see at 9/10 round stoppage for Catterall.
Hamza Sheeraz (11-0-0) vs Guido Nicolas Pitto (26-7-2)
Exciting prospect Hamza Sheeraz takes on Argentinian Guido Nicolas Pitto for the WBO European Super Welterweight Title. Yes, an Argentinian in a contest for the European Title, this is due to Pitto having Spanish residence.
I really like Hamza Sheeraz and this for me is just a step to inevitable World Title bouts in the future. Last time out he defeated Paul Kean, Sheeraz dropped Kean in the 1st before Kean refused to come out for the 7th round.
Pitto was stopped in the first round of his last fight against Polish Fedir Cherkashyn. He is currently in very poor form, winning only 1 of his last 5 fights and to be honest, I don’t understand how he’s managed to land a European Title shot.
Prediction: Hamzah Sheeraz inside 3.
Daniel Dubois (15-0-0) vs Joe Joyce (11-0-0)
The one we’ve all been waiting for and what a fight this could be. The heavy hitting Daniel Dubois takes on the juggernaut Joe Joyce for WBC Silver Heavyweight Title, WBO International Title, EBU European Title, Commonwealth Title and the British Title. 5 belts, ranking in 3 organisations but most of all, becoming Britain’s biggest Heavyweight prospect.
Daniel Dubois is most people’s No.1 prospect in the world and rightly so. Stopping 14 of his 15 opponents, he is a wrecking machine. The only man to take him the distance was American Kevin Johnson back in 2018 when Dubois was only 21 years old. Now at 23 he has stopped his last 6 opponents, all of which only had 3 losses between them prior to facing Dubois, including unbeaten fighters Nathan Gorman and Ebenezer Tetteh.
The ‘Juggernaut’ has been in there with tougher opposition than Dubois, in just 11 fights he has defeated Ian Lewinson on his debut in 8 rounds, Dave Allen’s conqueror Lenroy Thomas in 3, Ivica Bacurin in 1 and former World Title challengers Bermane Stiverne, Alexander Ustinov and Bryant Jennings in the 6th, 3rd and on Pts respectively. Last time out was just a ‘tune-up’ fight against former European Title challenger Michael Wallisch, who Joyce took out in 3.
Prediction: There are so many questions, can Joyce walk him down, take the shots on the gloves and drown him in deep waters late on? Is Dubois just too powerful? Is Joyce too easy to hit? Can Dubois withstand the pressure of the less fights but more experienced Joyce? What happens when Dubois lands and doesn’t knock Joyce out?
Personally, I see a cagey opening few rounds, but once the fight settles down and Joyce starts to relentlessly walk Dubois down as he does, I can see Dubois finding the shots he needs and taking Joyce out between rounds 5-9.
By Bobby Gunn of Simboxx