Date settled for Daniel Dubois-Joe Joyce November showdown
The eagerly anticipated British Heavyweight battle of unbeaten contenders, Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce, now has an official date and location.
This after Queensberry Promotions and Frank Warren, announced Tuesday afternoon that the two will square off in an exciting main event at the BT Sport Studios in London on Saturday night November 28th,
This is for the belts 🏆
This is for the glory 👑
— Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) October 6, 2020
We wrote last week, that despite the hope that the fight could be held with at least some socially distanced fans present late this year in the U.K., that Warren had decided to keep it within a “bubble” environment through his English TV partner, as he has done with numerous fight cards the previous two months.
“Since we couldn’t have an audience present in October I’ve worked day and night to ensure this fight still happens,” Warren said in a statement.
“It’s the biggest domestic heavyweight clash in years and it’s testament to the character of both fighters that they are willing to step up and take the fight on, even with all the restrictions and obstacles in their way.”
The confirmed date of November 28th will be a week after the competing Matchroom Boxing Heavyweight rematch between Russian Alexander Povetkin and England’s Dillian Whyte. The former WBA World champ, Povetkin shook off two earlier knockdowns to to shake up the Euro Heavyweight picture with his one punch KO of Whyte in the fifth round in August.
It’s also interesting the Warren/BT Sport have agreed to leave Dubois-Joyce on their basic service and not make it a PPV for more revenue, as had been speculated. For example, Matchroom and promoter Eddie Hearn will, once again, have Povetkin-Whyte on PPV.
Both Dubois and Joyce won tune-up fights in separate main events earlier in the Summer against easy opposition with no fans at the BT Sport TV studios in London.
The undefeated (15-0, 14 KOs) 23 year old, Dubois knocked down Ricardo Snijders four times in just two rounds of action before referee Marcus McDonnell, mercifully ended their late August bout.
Joyce is 11-0, and delivered an early knockout of German Michael Wallisch in just three rounds to hold up his end of the bargain back in late July. The 35 year old former Silver Medalist in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics and also was a former MMA fighter, previously.
“It really is winner-takes-all,” added Warren. “In Daniel, you have a lad who most in world boxing consider to be the hottest young prospect in the Heavyweight division.
“If Joe wins, then he’ll be ready for world titles too.”