One of the most anticipated fights in the heavyweight division is the all-British clash between Joe Joyce and Daniel Dubois.
The two hard hitters were supposed to meet in April, then in June and now are scheduled to face each other in October.
But first, both Dubois and Joyce will have a tune-up fight so they can break a sweat before the big show that will take place in October in the UK.
Joyce, 34, will be stepping inside the ring next Saturday night when he faces German veteran Michael Wallisch. Dubois, 22, will fight for the first time since December when he takes on undefeated Erik Pfeifer on August 29.
Here’s what their promoter Frank Warren had to say about this:
“Rio Olympic silver medallist Joyce hasn’t been in the ring since he beat Bryant Jennings a year ago. So it was important he got a fight in before Dubois now that bout is delayed until October because of the pandemic. It is no pushover either for him and Wallisch will give him a real test to knock the ring rust off,” Warren told The Daily Star.
“Dubois will step back into the ring for the first time since December. And he faces the former amateur star, Erik Pfeifer. If people think these bouts are just ticked over jobs for the two heavyweights then they only need to look at the German’s record as an amateur.
“He won two bronze medals at the world amateur championships and competed in two Olympics. Pfeifer has also two wins over 2016 Olympic gold medallist Tony Yoka – the last man to beat Joyce in the ring – in the World Series of Boxing over five rounds.
“Dubois will have to be at his best to stay undefeated and keep the Joyce fight on for October. Yes, these are bouts to keep the two guys busy but they’re no walkovers for them. They’re also a real chance for both men to raise their profile to a wider audience ahead of a big pay-per-view night.”