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Daniel Dubois vs Joe Joyce rescheduled for Oct. 24

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Frank Warren announces a new date for a British heavyweight showdown.

Daniel Dubois v Joe Joyce Press Conference Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images

A meeting between two aspiring British heavyweights Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce has officially been rescheduled for October 24th at London’s O2 Arena, per an announcement from promoter Frank Warren.

Dubois and Joyce has originally been slated to square-off in early April until the coronavirus forced a postponement, then a July date was considered but ultimately couldn’t work because Warren reportedly wasn’t interested in staging the fight without fans in attendance. A new October date at least gives some breathing room to that possibility.

Speaking to ESPN about the new official date for his fight, Joyce said:

“It was great news to get the new date so I can finally punch up Dubois. Obviously once lockdown started I had a good idea we wouldn’t meet in July. But I was always staying on top of training. Now gyms are open for athletes I can kick on and just keep my focus on the new date.”

Joyce (10-0, 9 KOs) is most recently coming off a unanimous decision over Bryant Jennings last July and will have been out of action for over a year by the time this fight takes place. Meanwhile Dubois (14-0, 13 KOs) most recently knocked out Kyotaro Fujimoto this past December. He’ll be nearing a yearlong layoff himself by the time the opening bell ring.