Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce will meet in a major heavyweight collision later this year as boxing properly makes its comeback from the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The two Londoners are both unbeaten and Dubois in particular at the age of 22 is seen by many experts as the potential future of the sport’s marquee division.
Some see ‘Dynamite’ as a potential world heavyweight champion of the future and a successor to the likes of Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. Joyce meanwhile is already 34 years old and in a hurry to move up the rankings.
The result is a fantastic domestic fight and a real test of Dubois’ credentials, while for Joyce victory would burst a pretty big bubble and catapult him into a higher level.
Dubois vs Joyce date, time and venue
After several attempts to stage the bout in front of a live gate, COVID-19 finally scuppered that plan when the October 24 show was ruled out.
Now the eagerly-awaited scrap will go ahead on Saturday November 28 with the venue still to be confirmed. Ring walks are expected to be between 2200 and 2300 GMT (1700 and 1800 ET).
Promoter Frank Warren said: “Since the government let us know we couldn’t have an audience present in October I’ve worked day and night to ensure this fight still happens.
“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.”
Dubois vs Joyce TV channel and live stream
The fight will be screened live in the UK by BT Sport, and WILL NOT now be a pay-per-view show.
In a move which delighted fans, Warren announced that the bout will air instead on BT Sport 1, therefore available to all BT Sport subscribers with no extra cost.
He said: “This is about keeping boxing alive and relevant at a tough time and doing something for the fans and we have moved heaven and earth to put this on as a BT Sport subscription Fight Night instead.”
“With boxing still being behind closed doors and struggling back to its feet post-Lockdown, I wanted to give something of a gift to British boxing fans.
“Dubois versus Joyce is the best fight on the British boxing calendar and I want this to be something as many people as possible can enjoy. It’s a bonus that the added exposure gained from the fight will really help the boxers as they move forward with their careers.
“Above all, this is about making sure that the fans are looked after and this fight will be available to BT Sport subscribers. Queensberry and BT Sport are looking forward to delivering a huge night of boxing, so let’s make sure the eyes of the country, and the world, are on British boxing come November 28th.
“I owe a huge debt of gratitude to BT Sport for being willing to make this happen.”
Dubois vs Joyce odds
Dubois is a hot favourite to maintain his march towards the top level of heavyweight boxing by defeating Joyce. He’s as short as 1/5 in a number of places and a best-priced 1/4. Joyce meanwhile is a best priced 10/3 at present.
Dubois vs Joyce tickets
There will now be no spectators allowed into the venue for Dubois vs Joyce due to the reintroduction of strict COVID-19 restrictions. In announcing the new circumstances for the fight, Warren did give clarity to existing ticket holders for the October 24 date.
“Of course I’d like to come out with all the venue and date details ready to go,” he said. “But the reality is, the situation is moving so fast we don’t have everything 100% confirmed.
“But the one thing we do have confirmed is that this fight will happen behind-closed-doors either in late November or early December. That means the event in October is cancelled and all ticket holders should get a refund from their ticket agent.”
Dubois vs Joyce weights
Weights for Dubois vs Joyce will be announced when the weigh-in takes place in London 24 hours before the fight.
Dubois weighed 244lbs (17st 6lbs) for his last fight, a second-round stoppage of Dutchman Ricardo Snijders at BT Sport Studios in Stratford, London on August 29, 2020.
Joyce weighed 270lbs (19st 4lbs) for his most recent bout – a third-round stoppage of German Michael Wallisch on July 25 – exactly a stone more than the 256lbs (18st 4lbs) for his previous fight, a unanimous decision points victory over American Bryant Jennings at London’s O2 Arena on July 13, 2019.
Daniel Dubois record and profile
Daniel Dubois, who goes by the nickname ‘Dynamite’ was born in Greenwich, London on September 6, 1997 and is now 23 years old. He has a perfect professional record of 15-0 (14 inside distance). Dubois stands 6ft 5ins tall (1.96m) and has a reach of 78ins (1.98m).
Currently promoted by Warren’s Queensberry Promotions and looked after inside the ropes by trainer Martin Bowers, Dubois began his professional career on April 8, 2017. He registered a TKO victory against Marcus Kelly at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK.
Since then he has improved that record to 15-0 and in the process grabbed the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles.
Dubois claimed the vacant British title by knocking out the then-unbeaten Nathan Gorman (16-0) in the fifth round at the O2 Arena in London, UK on July 13, 2019. The Commonwealth strap followed two months later when on September 27, 2019 he stopped Ebenezer Tetteh in round 1 of their showdown at the Royal Albert Hall in London, UK.
So far the only fighter to take Dubois the distance is the experienced American Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson (now 32-10-1). They met in Leicester, UK on October 6, 2018 and Dubois emerged victorious by a comfortable tally of 99-91 on the scorecard.
Dubois goes into the Joyce fight on the back of an easy second-round stoppage win against overmatched Dutchman Snijders behind closed doors at BT Sport Studios on August 29. Snijders had stepped in at short notice when planned opponent – German Erik Pfeifer – was ruled out.
Joe Joyce record and profile
It seems strange to be talking of Joe ‘Juggernaut’ Joyce as one of the next generation of heavyweights when he is already 35 years old.
Born in London September 19, 1985, Joyce did not turn professional until the age of 32. That was when he stopped Ian Lewison in Indigo at the O2, London, UK on October 20, 2017. Joyce stands 6ft 6ins tall (1.98m) and has a reach of 80ins (2.03m).
Joyce, promoted by Warren’s Queensberry Promotions and trained by Ismael Salas, came into professional boxing on the back of a stellar amateur career.
That was topped off by winning silver in the super-heavyweight weight class at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
He had earlier won bronze at the 2013 European Championships, gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2015 European Games, and bronze at the 2015 World Championships.
Joyce has won all of his fights as a pro so far and has a record of 11-0 (with 10 wins inside distance).
So far the only man to take Joyce the distance was American Bryant Jennings (then 24-3). The pair met at London’s O2 Arena on July 13, 2019, and Joyce eventually prevailed by unanimous decision. The scorecards were 118-109, 117-110 and 115-112.
Joyce held the Commonwealth heavyweight title (now held by Dubois) between 2018 and 2019. He had claimed it with a knockout victory over Lenroy Thomas inside two rounds on May 5, 2018 at London’s O2 Arena.
Joe goes into the fight with Dubois on the back of a third-round stoppage of German Wallisch behind closed doors on July 25. He had Wallisch down once in the second round and twice in the third with a superb right to the head closing the show.