“This is one both men could easily have avoided and navigated a less perilous route to the top, but they want to get it on and give the fans what they want to see.”
The eagerly anticipated clash between undefeated British heavyweights ‘Dynamite’ Daniel Dubois and ‘Juggernaut’ Joe Joyce has been confirmed for April 11 at London’s 02 Arena.
The fight, which will be broadcast on BT Sport Box Office, will see the British, Commonwealth, WBC Silver and WBO International champion, Dubois take a significant step up as he seeks to defeat the Olympic silver medalist Joyce.
Furthermore, the ramifications of the bout couldn’t be more momentous, with the pair considered two of the most exciting British talents in heavyweight boxing, and the winner likely excelling their status to the brink of world title contention.
Dubois commented on the bout: “This is the biggest fight of my career without doubt. This will be the fight that announces me to the world.
“I think I am better than Joe in every department. I have a better jab, I have better movement, I have more power. The only thing Joe has over me is experience, but he’s never boxed anyone as young and as hungry as me.
“This will be the most devastating performance of my career.”
In his last bout, 21-year-old Dubois delivered a devastating finish of Japan’s Kyoto Fujimoto as he captured the World Boxing Council Silver and World Boxing Organisation International heavyweight titles.
Meanwhile Joyce was taken the distance for the first time, as he defeated veteran American Bryant Jennings, with an impressive unanimous decision victory.
Following the official announcement, Joyce emphasised: “This is a massive fight there’s no denying that there’s a lot on the line on both sides but experience is something you can’t buy and I’ve got tonnes of it and I believe it’ll play a huge factor in this fight.”
Frank Warren who promotes both boxers added on the bout: “People always talk about wanting the best to fight the best. Well, on February 22 we have the No.1 and No.2 heavyweights in the world settling a score in Las Vegas, then in April we have the two best up and coming heavyweights in the world putting it on the line at the O2 Arena.
“It is a fight that needed to be made to see which man is ready to challenge the elite at the top end of the division and which one will reset and go again.
“This is one both men could easily have avoided and navigated a less perilous route to the top, but they want to get it on and give the fans what they want to see.
“When that first bell rings and it will be edge-of-seat stuff right from the off.
“The contrast in styles will be fascinating, Daniel being a classic banger, with strong fundamentals and a ramrod jab that gets better all the time. Joe has got a style all of his own and comes at his opponents relentlessly from every angle.
“Can Daniel withstand the swarming force of Joe? Can 20absorb the bludgeoning power of Daniel? We’ll find out soon enough on April 18 and it is absolutely one not to be missed.”
Sam Jones who heads Joyce’s management company S-JAM Boxing also said: “This is a monster fight for Joe. We are proud that after only 10 fights he will headline The O2 in a pay-per-view fight against one of the most exciting young boxers in the UK.
“We are all confident that Joe will win. His experience and amateur pedigree will shine through on this massive night for British boxing.”