Dubois-Joyce Set for April Showdown In London

Somebody’s “0” has got to go, as Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce will face off in heavyweight action. The bout between the two rising stars will take place on Saturday, April 11 inside The O2 Arena in London.

On the line? A variety of regional titles as well as the opportunity to move up as true contenders within the heavyweight division.

“People always talks about wanting the best to fight the best,” said promotor Frank Warren. “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.”

The 22-year-old Dubois (14-0) has been on a roll since starting his career in 2017. His last fight was a KO-win against Kyotaro Fujimoto back in December, only taking two rounds. It was his 13th win via knockout and fifth in a row. Along the way, Dubois has picked up the British, Commonwealth, WBO International and WBC Silver Heavyweight Titles.

Dubois fought five times in 2019, and looks to make 2020 an even busier year. Facing a major step-up in competition, Dubois is ready to prove he belongs with the elites in the heavyweight division.

“This is the biggest fight of my career without doubt,” Dubois stated. “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.”

The young fighter takes on fellow countrymen Joe Joyce (10-0), the current WBA Gold Champion. Joyce’s last fight was a unanimous decision victory over Bryant Jennings in July. It was his first win not to come by knockout. The 34-year-old fought three times in 2019.

A silver medalist in the 2016 Olympic games, Joyce is ready to showcase all of the skills he has accumulated against Dubois.

“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 tons of it and I believe it’ll play a huge factor in this fight,” Joyce stated.

A fight that was meant to happen last year, the two will look to settle who the better fighter is on their way to the top of the boxing world.

“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,” Warren went on to say. “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 Joe absorb the bludgeoning power of Daniel? We’ll find out soon enough on April 18 and it is absolutely one not to be missed.”

Tickets for the fight, which will headline a BT Sports Box Office PPV event,  go on sale today. Prices range from £400 (about $500) to £40 (about $50).

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