Dubois v Joyce - Fight Card Preview



The biggest all British affair of the year is almost upon us, as Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce finally lock horns on Saturday night.


Both men have been on each other’s radar from the outset, and are finally putting it all on the line at the weekend at the Church House, Westminster, London.


But before the big men start throwing bombs, there is a stellar undercard for fight fans to enjoy from the capital.


Mitchell Barton is set to make his professional debut, as he takes on Matt Gordon in a heavyweight contest. The 22-year-old Yorkshireman will be looking to get his career off to a flying start with an impressive victory over Gordon.


We have previously seen Gordon on our screens, when he was stopped by David Adeleye in two rounds. The highly rated Adeleye also features on the card, as he takes on Danny Whitaker in what looks on paper like a step up. Whitaker’s only loss came at the hands of Nick Webb, so Adeleye will be looking to put on an even more impressive display and to build towards putting his name into the British title mix in the not so distant future.

Adeleye has already been mixing it with the likes of Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua in sparring (Photo credit: Daily Star)


Also on the card is young Joshua Frankham, who takes on MJ Hall in just his second professional contest. The 21-year-old just made his debut in September, and is looking to stay active, which can only be a good thing. Hall has only been stopped 4 times, so Frankham could get some valuable rounds under his belt as he aims to progress as a super-welterweight.


Also in action is highly touted British featherweight, Louis Lynn. ‘Loco’ is currently 7-0 with six of his victories coming by way of knockout, and he will be looking to add to that tally come Saturday night, where he is up against Paul Holt in an eight round contest.


In what looks like a very competitive fight on paper, Jack Massey takes on Mohammad Ali Bayat Farid in a cruiserweight contest. Both men have 16 wins and one loss each, which promises to make for an interesting matchup. Massey will be looking to get back to winning ways, after almost a year out of the ring, since his unanimous decision loss to Richard Riakporhe back in December of last year. Although both records are similar, Massey will go into the fight as a massive favourite, as Farid’s record only has two victories over people with winning records.



Hamzah Sheeraz also features on this stellar undercard, as he takes on Guido Nicolas Pitto for the WBO European Super-Welterweight Title. Sheeraz hasn’t put a foot wrong yet as a pro, and has looked impressive each time he has graced our screens. He will again be hopeful of a quality performance on Saturday night, as he aims to progress up the 154-pound rankings.


Quite possibly the biggest name on the card, Jack Catterall, is also in action at the weekend. The 27-year-old is up against Abderrazak Houya, in what seems like a keep busy fight before a potentially massive 2021. ‘El Gato’ is the WBO mandatory challenger at super-lightweight, and has been patiently waiting for his chance to face the champion, José Ramírez.


However, there has been talk of Ramírez taking on Josh Taylor in a unification bout for all of the belts, in what is quite frankly a superfight. Catterall has already stated he is willing to step aside for that fight, as long as he is guaranteed the first shot at the winner of that unification.

Catterall is currently 25-0, and will be looking to extend that record this weekend (Photo credit: Boxing News)


Although this does seem to be a keep busy fight for the slick southpaw, Catterall cannot afford a slip up against a game opponent in Houya. The Frenchman has only tasted defeat twice in his career, winning 14 of his 16 fights. The undefeated Catterall will have to be wary of the 33-year-old, but will be hoping to get through this fight unscathed, looking good and setting himself up nicely for a shot at all of the marbles next year, if the unification fight between Taylor and Ramírez does indeed happen.