Heavyweight prospect Joe Joyce will be taking on arguably the biggest test in his professional career when he takes on domestic rival Daniel Dubois on November 28.
The fight which will determine the next breakout heavyweight will have both the British and European titles at stake, also bragging rights as there appears to be a big disagreement on who is the better fighter at the moment.
Dubois is presently ranked No.2 on the WBO rankings behind Oleksandr Usyk, who presently remains the mandatory challenger to the WBO heavyweight title held by unified champion Anthony Joshua. A win for either could catapult into title contention or even mandatory spots.
“Right now, Daniel is a top boy for Queensberry and BT Sport so if I beat him, or when I beat him, I will be one to watch,” considered the 35-year-old Olympic silver medallist.
“According to Frank, the winner could potentially get a world title shot and that is definitely what I am in boxing for, so I am looking forward to beating Dubois and being No.1.”
The WBO belt is presently held down by Anthony Joshua’s fight with IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev, which is scheduled to take place before the year runs out. After-which, the unified champ will then tangle himself with a two fight deal with WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.
With the preceding’s Usyk, who is entitled to force a title shot from Joshua might have to wait till late 2021 before his shot is given. Usyk could also compel the WBO to force Joshua into relinquishing the title and that could then spell a positive for the winner of the fight between Joyce and Dubois.
“I know, imagine that, it would be unbelievable,” stated Joyce in eager anticipation. “I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself though because I’ve still got Dubois in my face to take on.”
Having a defeat to Usyk while competing as Amateurs, Joyce will be very happy for an opportunity for a revenge especially with a world title at stake. Joyce believes Usyk won’t be able to do as much damage as he did back when they were amateurs.
“I definitely wouldn’t be afraid of his power, more his skill really because he’s got good head movement. When I fought him it was quite an even fight, although he did catch me clean a few times, I had less defence and I was still a bit novicey back then.
“He was fresh off winning gold at London so he is a good fighter and I think the later rounds, especially with pro gloves on, would be the deciding factor if we got in the ring again.
“He wouldn’t be able to hurt me, which would be very dangerous for him.”