It’s not often you get two undefeated heavyweight prospects who are willing to fight each other relatively early in their pro careers. But that’s what Saturday’s Daniel Dubois vs. Joe Joyce
matchup brings boxing fans around the world (especially those who reside in the U.K.). Both are London natives, and both carry tremendous power in their punches. Dubois is the betting favorite, but, despite the odds, Joyce certainly has a good chance to pull the upset. Here’s what you need to know about the Daniel Dubois vs. Joe Joyce fight on Saturday.
“The future of the heavyweight division will be seen live on ESPN+ Nov. 28,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “Daniel Dubois is a tremendous young fighter, but Joe is older and had an incredibly successful amateur career.”
That age difference could be key. Dubois is 23 years old, and after opting out of trying to make the 2020 Olympic team, he’s been knocking out nearly all of his opponents as a professional. Joyce, meanwhile, is already 35 after a long and distinguished amateur career that saw him capture an Olympic silver medal in 2016.
Originally, the two were supposed to meet last April, but the coronavirus pandemic canceled those plans. The two sparred together frequently as amateurs, so they should know each other’s games well. But Dubois, who is seen as the more promising prospect, is just thankful that they could still figure out a way to fight despite the global health catastrophe.
“I was starting to worry that this fight would never happen. I was a little bit skeptical but in my mind I believed it would come off somehow,” Dubois said, via the Independent. “… We are living in strange times at the moment and I really wanted to have this fight instead of waiting too long and risking it never happening at all. Me and Joe could have gone our separate ways and there would have been talk about ‘what if; these two had met. But I want to prove to the world and to myself that I’m the better fighter and the only way to do that is to beat him.”