Joe Joyce moved a step closer to a potential world heavyweight title shot in 2021 when he was confirmed at #2 in the latest WBO (World Boxing Organization) Heavyweight Rankings.
The 35-year-old Londoner recently improved his record to 12-0 as a pro (11 inside distance) with an upset defeat of the highly-touted Daniel Dubois.
Joyce swaps positions with beaten Dubois
The 23-year-old Dubois had a perfect 15-0 record heading into their November 28 showdown at London’s historic Church House. He was seen by many experts as the future of the heavyweight division.
But ‘Dynamite’ had no answer throughout the night to Joyce’s damaging left lead, which gradually closed his left eye during a punishing bout. Dubois eventually took a knee and was counted out in Round 10 with his eye completely closed. It was subsequently revealed he had suffered a fractured eye socket.
The victory puts Joyce on course for a potential title shot next year, and it has now been confirmed that he has swapped positions with Dubois as a result of his win. Joyce moves up to 2 in the rankings while Dubois drops from 2 to 11.
WBO heavyweight rankings: Usyk vs Joyce for title?
Usyk had cemented his position at #1 in the WBO rankings with a points defeat of Dereck Chisora at London’s Wembley Arena on October 31. That was Usyk’s second fight at heavyweight since moving up from cruiser, and he improved to 18-0 with a unanimous decision.
New Zealander Joseph Parker (27-2) remains at 3 on the list and he is slated to meet domestic rival Junior Fa (19-0) in a bout which has been postponed to early 2021 – February 27 to be specific. The venue will remain as Auckland in New Zealand.