Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce to clash at Greenwich’s 02 Arena on April 11

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Daniel Dubois will face Joe Joyce at Greenwich’s 02 Arena in a quality clash between two undefeated heavyweights at Greenwich’s 02 Arena on April 11.

Greenwich’s Dubois, 22, holds the British, Commonwealth, WBC Silver and WBO International belts.

Joyce is the WBA Gold champion and is ranked number one by the European Boxing Union. He previously held the Commonwealth strap – relinquishing it as he stepped up in class – and the WBA Continental belt.

Dubois, ranked number three by the WBO said:  “This is the biggest fight of my career without doubt. 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.”

Joyce, 34, said: “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 tonnes of it and I believe it’ll play a huge factor in this fight.”

Joe Joyce
Photo: Keith Gillard

Promoter Frank Warren said: “People always talks about wanting the best to fight the best.

“Well, on February 22 we have the number one and number two 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.

“This is one both men could easily have avoided and navigated a less perilous route to the top, but they want to get it on and give the fans what they want to see.

“When that first bell rings and it will be edge-of-seat stuff right from the off.

“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. 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.”

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