Could There Be A New Date For Daniel Dubois vs. Joe Joyce?
A heavyweight boxing clash between unbeaten fighters Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce may get a new date.
Dubois vs. Joyce has been long-anticipated by fight fans. Both men took care of business in their last outings, setting the stage for a showdown this fall. Dubois defeated Ricardo Snijders via second-round TKO, while Joyce earned a third-round TKO over Michael Wallisch.
While it was expected that Dubois and Joyce would clash on October 24, there may be a delay. The Daily Star is reporting that a new date is being targeted for this heavyweight tilt. The new dates being looked at are November 14 and 21. The action would take place inside the O2 Arena in London, England.
The reasoning behind the possible date change has to do with money. Dubois and Joyce would be forced to take pay cuts if they fight inside an empty venue. With British authorities looking to start allowing fans back in arenas at 25-percent capacity beginning in October, Dubois and Joyce appear to be content with waiting a bit longer.
Dubois is the WBO International Heavyweight Champion. Joyce is a former WBA (Gold) Heavyweight Champion. Many agree that a clash against one another would serve as the biggest fight in the pro boxing careers of Dubois and Joyce. It’s certainly one that British fight fans have been anticipating for a while now.
Queensberry Promotions head honcho Frank Warren has said that if Dubois can best Joyce, then he’s hoping for a vacant WBO Heavyweight Title fight against mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk. For that to happen, current champion Anthony Joshua would need to relinquish his title, which could happen if he ends up taking a mega-fight with Tyson Fury. There’s also the wildcard of Kubrat Pulev possibly pulling off an upset over Joshia on December 12.