After three failed attempts already this year, due to the global coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc on the sport, British heavyweights Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce will finally touch gloves on November 28th.
The clash between the unbeaten pair, who are considered to be two of the most promising boxers in the heavyweight division right now, has fans salivating, and – according to the Dubois vs Joyce odds – it looks like Triple D will be keeping his unbeaten record intact.
A venue for the bout hasn’t even been revealed yet, but already attention is starting to turn to who awaits the winner, and the name on everybody’s lips is Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk.
Usyk recently won his bout with Englishman Derek Chisora to keep his place as the mandatory challenger for the WBO heavyweight belt, and the title could become vacant if heavyweight giants Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury agree terms for a blockbuster fight, which could take place next year.
In the case that the pair agree the numbers, then Usyk will be gifted a fight for the vacant title, which is currently held by Joshua, and Frank Warren, who promotes both Joyce and Dubois, has revealed that he wants the winner of the all-British clash to go toe-to-toe with the unbeaten Ukrainian.
“If Anthony Joshua decides to drop the WBO heavyweight belt to fight Tyson Fury, then I’ll be putting the winner of Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce forward to face Oleksandr Usyk,” Warren said in his Daily Star column recently.
“I see no reason why either man couldn’t take on the Ukrainian superstar.
“I’d back Dubois or Joyce to come out on top in that fight so let’s keep an eye on how all this plays out.”
Joyce, who is also known as ‘The Juggernaut’, due to his height and extreme power, has faced Usyk in the past, taking on the Ukrainian in a five-round contest in the World Series of Boxing – a semi-professional competition – back in 2013, and, after losing that bout, he revealed that he would love a shot at ‘revenge’.
“Of course, I want that Usyk fight, I want revenge for our fight in the World Boxing Series and doing it for the WBO heavyweight title would be the icing on the cake,” the Londoner said.
“That is what I am in boxing for.
“It would be a great fight and I would be much better prepared for it next time around.”
Dubois, who has already climbed to No. 2 in the WBO rankings, also claimed that he would have no issues facing Usyk.
“If that’s for a world title, that’s big bucks, big everything; you’re near the top of the hill with one belt. That will be a great next step once I get through Joe,” the 23-year-old said.
“This Joe fight is like a world title fight anyway, so I’d have no problem facing Usyk or any top contender next.”
Usyk dominated the cruiserweight division, beating the likes of Tony Bellew, before moving up to the heavyweight division, and he would pose a real challenge for either Dubois or Joyce should the fight go ahead. But both men clearly fancy their chances, and to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best!