Daniel Dubois to face Joe Joyce before the end of 2020 – Warren negotiates go-ahead despite no fans being allowed

Daniel Dubois will fight Joe Joyce before the end of 2020 – with promoter Frank Warren revealing that terms have been agreed for the two unbeaten heavyweights to meet behind closed doors.

Greenwich’s Dubois was supposed to be facing his fellow Londoner earlier this year but it has been postponed twice due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Warren has previously said that the bout could only go ahead with a crowd – but it now looks as if both men have bent financially to get it on in either late November or early December.

“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,” said Warren.

“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.

“I’m delighted that Queensberry, BT Sport and the fighters were all willing to come together to make this happen and deliver big time for British boxing fans.

“It really is winner-takes-all. In Daniel, you have a 23-year-old lad who most in world boxing consider to be the hottest young prospect in the heavyweight division.

“If he can do to Joe Joyce what he’s done to the 15 men that came before him, he’ll be ready to go for a world title in my opinion.

“Joe might be a little older than Daniel, but in my books he’s every bit as exciting a prospect. He has so much more experience than Daniel, as an amateur, that I’d be surprised if he doesn’t go into the fight as many people’s favourite.

“If Joe wins, then he’ll be ready for world titles too.”

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