As Bryant Jennings hinted last week, he’s officially set to appear on the July 13th Daniel Dubois-Nathan Gorman card, taking on Joe Joyce in the co-main event.
BREAKING: JOYCE TO FACE FORMER WORLD TITLE CHALLENGER JENNINGS ON JULY 13 AT @TheO2— Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) May 29, 2019
9-0 Olympic Silver medalist @JoeJoyceBoxing will take on his toughest test in @BYJennings live on @btsport #HeavyDuty #JoyceJennings
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Like I said last time, this is a perfectly fine matchup. We’ve yet to see if Joyce’s (9-0, 9 KO) power and skill can overcome his glacial hand speed and lumbering movement against top-notch pros; Jennings (24-3, 14 KO) isn’t a true elite at this point, but he’s a damn sight better than Alexander Ustinov and what’s left of Bermane Stiverne.
Joyce had been ordered to fight Dubois for the British heavyweight title, but ultimately forewent the opportunity, presumably to pursue one of the WBA’s myriad titles. If he beats Jennings, my money’s on him either challenging the winner of the just-agreed regular/interim unifier between Mahmoud Charr and Trevor Bryan or getting a free crack at the now-vacant interim belt against, I don’t know, Fres Oquendo (still #3 in the rankings) or something.