“For me, it’s a fight that has to take place in front of a live audience,” Frank Warren.
In the sweet science, there is nothing like two unbeaten and hungry fighters putting their ‘0’ on the line.
That’s exactly what Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce will do on October 24 at at The 02 Arena in London.
And promoter Frank Warren, who works with both boxers, is planning on it being open for fans to attend when they collide in an eagerly anticipated contest.
Warren confirmed that the O2 Arena in London had ‘almost sold out’ for the original date for the bout which had to be subsequently rescheduled.
Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce should have been boxing tonight for the European, British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Championships 🥊— Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) April 11, 2020
When they do meet, this is a fight that will be worth the wait 🔥 #SeekAndDestroy @DynamiteDubois @JoeJoyceBoxing pic.twitter.com/ORNZCYfFDo
The promoter has confirmed that a new date had been pencilled in for the autumn, but that Dubois vs Joyce is a fight that has to go ahead in front of a live crowd – rather than the plan with Warren’s latest announcement that he will stage a card behind closed doors in the BT Sport studios in July.
“For me, it’s a fight that has to take place in front of a live audience,” Warren confirmed. For a British fight of this magnitude, the delay will only serve to stoke the fires of anticipation yet further.
Experience Takes on Raw Power in ‘Risky’ Showdown
This is a fight that brings together two fighters who, while both devastating punchers, have very little else in common.
Daniel Dubois is a red-hot rising young star with the air of invincibility that being 22 years old with money and an unbeaten professional career brings. He’s not arrogant or cocky by any means, but driven by the confidence that media hype tends to bring.
At the other end of the scale we have Joe Joyce, a wily 34-year-old with an impeccable amateur pedigree, having landed gold at the Commonwealth Games and silver at the Olympics.
So what happens when one of these undefeated stars ultimately loses? For the victor, being catapulted into the world title picture is an inevitability, but the loser will have to look in the mirror and wonder where they go next.
For Dubois, losing at the age of 22 would not be the be-all and end-all – his contemporary Anthony Joshua has shown defeat can be the ultimate perspective-giver, but for Joyce aspirations of a major belt would surely come to an end. It’s no wonder that Steve Bunce has labelled it, a tad hyperbolically, as “one of the riskiest fights I can remember ever being made in our business.”
So who will win when they eventually cross paths? The bookies make it a one-sided contest in their latest Dubois vs Joyce boxing betting odds, with the younger man as short as 1/4 at the time of writing.
But is predicting the outcome of these contests ever that simple? Dubois has pummelled everyone in his way so far, but has he really gone toe to toe with a high-level opponent? The jury is out on that, but Joyce has done things the hard way, taking on the best amateurs in the world before beating fairly respectable opposition in Bermane Stiverne and Bryant Jennings.
Experience or raw power? This is a fight where a strong case can be made for either man, and so our only tip is to sit back, relax and enjoy the action…when it finally takes place, of course.