DANIEL DUBOIS takes on Joe Joyce TONIGHT in a bout that most are tipping to be one of the heavyweight fights of the year.
'Dynamite' Dubois was supposed to face Joyce back on April 11, before the coronavirus pandemic put a halt to those spring plans.
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DAVE ALLEN PICKS JOYCE
“It is an outstanding fight and it is the best fight between two British fighters for as long as I can remember. This fight is so much bigger than Anthony Joshua vs Dillian Whyte was in 2015,” Allen said.
“Dubois is a nailed on future heavyweight champion of the world but, in saying that, I still favour Joe Joyce to beat him. Joe goes into the fight as a favourite for me.
“Daniel has passed the eye test but has not won the medals and got the experience that Joe has as an amateur. Joe has got the best win as a pro in Bryant Jennings, so I favour Joe.
“But anything in that fight would not be a surprise. It is an absolutely brilliant fight.”
RICKY HATTON PICKS DUBOIS
“Joyce can look a little bit open, but he knows he has to tighten up his defence a little bit because he can’t take chances with Daniel Dubois,” Hatton told talkSPORT.
“When he fought the German [Michael Wallisch] and in those first opening few rounds Joyce got tickled round the chin with nearly every shot he threw.
“So I think Joyce knows he can’t make that mistake again. Even though he is a little bit unorthodox with his punches, he had an exceptional amateur career and to do that, you have to have a sensational boxing brain.
“I think he will do his homework, he is a very clever fighter, it really is a pick ‘em fight.
“There are causes to pick Joyce and there are causes to pick Dubois. It’s very important to see who gets on to a good, confidence-boosting start.
“The only reason it makes me favour Daniel Dubois ever so slightly is that he might find the big one to nail Joe Joyce.
“He’s younger, he is fresher and it really is a toss of a coin type fight for me. But I think, if I had my last pound, it would go on Daniel Dubois knockout.”
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JOYCE ON DUBOIS
“I am not under pressure. I am confident and ready to do the business,” he said.
“The bookies have Daniel in a good position so he has the pressure to deliver.
“I’m the underdog and coming to take him out.
“I don’t care if people have written me off. My amateur experience makes a difference.”
DUBOIS ON JOYCE
“I feel confident and left no stone unturned in training. I am not intimidated by his experience,” he said.
“He has never been in with a fighter like me before and I’m ready to go.
“I’ve accomplished what I’ve needed to and it’s my destiny. You can argue some guys he beat were past their prime. I am young and hungry.
“I am ready to go 12 rounds no problem if I have to. I am ready for a long, hard fight but also a quick one.”
What a sight that is at the Church House Westminster! Cracking venue.
DUBOIS VS JOYCE FULL CARD
Hello and welcome to SunSport's live coverage of Daniel Dubois vs Joe Joyce – what a cracker we have in store for you tonight.
Dubois and Joyce – two of the UK's most promising heavyweights, with undefeated records, a belt each and plenty of tonnage to go with it – finally collide.
It was meant to happen in April but coronavirus said no to those plans, before the same happened in July and October.
But here we are, without fans, inside the Church House Westminster, waiting for the two of them to roll on down to the ring for a fight.
It's without a doubt the biggest British fight of the year.
Dubois has the British title, Joyce has the Commonwealth, and there's the vacant European title on the line too.
Oh, and it's FREE to watch if you have BT Sport!
That's right, no pay-per-view for this evening's proceedings, but you will have to cough up later on for Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr, sorry.
But in the meantime, slide back into your sofas and enjoy all of the action from Dubois vs Joyce – we've got you covered.