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Joe Joyce vs Kash Ali in the works for March 16th in Birmingham

Solomon Dacres will reportedly face David Adeleye on the undercard

Boxing in Manchester - Joe Joyce v Joseph Parker Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images
Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Boxing News reports that after a disastrous 2023, Boxing News reports that former interim WBO heavyweight champion Joe Joyce will “likely” return to action against Kash Ali on March 16th in Birmingham.

Ali (21-2, 12 KO) is quite the step down from Joseph Parker and Zhilei Zhang, to say the least. The 31-year-old infamously bit his way to a 2019 DQ loss against David Price and is six months removed from being outclassed by Bohdan Myronets, whom Ali outweighed by nearly 40 pounds.

In any other situation, this would be criminal matchmaking, and I’d still call this at least a misdemeanor. Thing is, Joyce (15-2, 14 KO) is so incredibly reliant on his chin that seeing it cracked raises the question of whether he can still function as a boxer. Heading back to the kiddie pool for a bit may not be uncalled for.

The show will reportedly also see Solomon Dacres (8-0, 2 KO) take on David Adeleye (12-1, 11 KO), who was last seen falling to Fabio Wardley in October. Dacres has a standing order to defend his English heavyweight title against Moses Itauma, but between this and Itauma’s pending appearance on next month’s Fury vs Usyk show, I’m guessing that’s not in the cards.

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