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Joe Joyce out to punish heavyweight rival Daniel Dubois for slur aimed at his blind mum

BLIND FAITH

JOE JOYCE is determined to punish Daniel Dubois for the sick slur he aimed at his blind mum.

When the battle for Dubois’ British and Commonwealth titles was announced in February the press conference ended in a shock scuffle.

Olympic 2016 silver winner Joyce had mother Marvel in the audience and she accused Dubois, 23, of bottling a bout from his brief amateur career.

Dynamite Dan chirped back: “I’m gonna do you a favour, because you can’t see your son after he’s been knocked out, you will be spared the heartache.”

And Joyce, 35, has not forgotten the attack.

He said: “It is disrespectful. Firstly to my mum and then also to the disability.

“It’s not really cool and has added a little to my motivation.”

Joyce’s camp was rocked after trainer Ismael Salas failed his Tuesday Covid-19 test and was booted out of the hotel and his corner.

Assistant trainers Steve Broughton and Jimmy Tibbs will guide him at the iconic Church House in Westminster.

But the empty venue will help Marvel add her input.

Joyce said: “I don’t think my mum has decided whether she will come yet.

“I love her very much but it might be less stressful without her there.

“She is very supportive and helpful and wants to be involved, she can sometimes be a bit pushy as well and there will be no crowd to drown her out.”

Joyce has 13 years on his rival and reckons it will tell after seeing Dubois at the presser and weigh-in.

He said: “He did seem a bit nervous. When we sat together, it was almost like he was on the naughty seat.”

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