Daniel Dubois’ long-awaited fight with Joe Joyce has been confirmed for November 28 by promoter Frank Warren.
The heavyweight pair will fight on BT Sport, but Warren sprung a surprise by announcing the show would not be a pay-per-view event.
Carrying the slogan "At Last" the fight will be one of, if not the most anticipated match-ups of British boxing in 2020. Previous dates in April, July and October were all cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic in Britain.
Queensberry Promotions’ Warren claimed that the decision not to charge a PPV fee for the fight was a recognition of the economic downturn suffered by many of the British public.
He explained: “This is about keeping boxing alive and relevant at a tough time and doing something for the fans and we have moved heaven and earth to put this on as a BT Sport subscription Fight Night instead.
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◇ Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce are both undefeated
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◇ Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce have knocked out 24 of their 26 opponents
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“With boxing still being behind closed doors and struggling back to its feet post-Lockdown, I wanted to give something of a gift to British boxing fans. Dubois versus Joyce is the best fight on the British boxing calendar and I want this to be something as many people as possible can enjoy. It’s a bonus that the added exposure gained from the fight will really help the boxers as they move forward with their careers.
“Above all, this is about making sure that the fans are looked after and this fight will be available to BT Sport subscribers. Queensberry and BT Sport are looking forward to delivering a huge night of boxing, so let’s make sure the eyes of the country, and the world, are on British boxing come November 28th.”
Warren continued: “I owe a huge debt of gratitude to BT Sport for being willing to make this happen.
“I sound like a broken record I’m sure, but sometimes you have to put the sport and the fans first. Queensberry gets that and BT Sport gets that. ‘For the fans’, it’s what it’s all about.”
Dubois will put his Commonwealth and British heavyweight belts on the line as the pair also fight for the European heavyweight title. Both boxers will go into the fight undefeated.