Joe Joyce has vowed to punish Daniel Dubois for slighting his partially blind mother when Britain’s giant world championship prospects clash this spring in the biggest domestic heavyweight fight for years.
The two undefeated big punchers began promoting their April 11 British and Commonwealth title fight at a media conference attended by the Nigerian born mother of Olympic silver medalist Joyce.
Marvel Opara, who is registered blind with optic atrophy, called out from the audience accusing her son’s imminent opponent of once ducking a big amateur fight.
Dubois – out of character with his normal quiet manners – responded: ‘It’s probably good that if you’re going to be at ringside at the 02 you won’t be able to see what I do to your son.’
Joyce, who engaged in a minor pushing scuffle with Dubois at the face to face photo opportunity, said later: ‘That remark is an even bigger motivation for me to put dents in his face when we fight.’
A potential world title shot awaits the winner – ‘within a year’ promised promoter Frank Warren – but their respective build ups to this fight could not be more contrasting.
Joyce has suddenly parted company with yet another trainer while Dubois has signed a five-year extension to his contract with Warren.
Joyce has split from Adam Booth so as to move his camp to the UFC gymnasium in Las Vegas but has yet to identify his new trainer.
He says: ‘it’s simply that I prepare better away from home in the sunshine. ‘
Dubois, who is steadfast with long time trainer Martin Bowers, has also committed his foreseeable future to Warren who says: ‘This is a very big contract backed by BT which not only settles Daniel for life financially but prevents any distraction about tapping up or poaching by other promoters. He can just get on with winning the world title.
‘It also proves how much I believe in Daniel who is the most exciting and explosive new heavyweight I’ve seen emerging since Mike Tyson.
‘He has the punching power of Sonny Liston and the jab of Larry Holmes. That’s how good he is.’
Each man is backing himself to knock out the other.
Dubois, 22, cites ‘my power, youthful energy and speed.’
Joyce, 34, references ‘my tonnes of experience and the constant pressure of my high-volume punching.’ Don’t blink.
*Dubois v Joyce will be televised live on Saturday, April 11 on BT Sport Box Office.