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Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce clash gets green light to go behind closed doors

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Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce will face each other this year behind closed doors.

The terms have been agreed between both fighters to ensure the fight can go on without fans.

The date and venue have yet to be formalised but the financial aspect of dealing with the lack of a live gate worth potentially over £2m have been sorted.

Both heavyweights, promoter Frank Warren and BT Sport have worked together to sort out the figures so the clash can take place.

“Since the government let us know we couldn’t have an audience present in October I’ve worked day and night to ensure this fight still happens,” said Warren.

Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce will go head-to head before the year is out

“It’s the biggest domestic heavyweight clash in years and it’s testament to the character of both fighters that they are willing to step up and take the fight on even with all the restrictions and obstacles in their way.

“I’m delighted that Queensberry, BT Sport and the fighters were all willing to come together to make this happen and deliver big time for British boxing fans.”

It is understood both fighters have taken a small pay cut to their seven-figure purses to ensure the clash would not be postponed for a fourth time.

Daniel Dubois claimed a second-round stoppage victory over Ricardo Snijders in August to set up a mouthwatering showdown with British heavyweight rival Joe Joyce
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British champion Dubois was supposed to face Joyce back in April before the pandemic hit.

Then a rescheduled July date disappeared before the UK government announcement last week that crowds at sporting events could be put off for six months scuppered October for the fight.

“Nothing’s changed from February when I first said I’d knock Joe out,” said the unbeaten Dubois, 23.

“It’s a tough fight, he’s a good fighter, but I’m looking to deliver another devastating performance and move on to fight for a world title.

Dubois and Joyce clashed at a press conference back in February

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“I’m just glad we can finally get it on. I know we’ve both been looking forward to it and I’m sure the British public are just as excited as we are for us to finally fight.

“Joe is going to find out just how explosive Dynamite really is.”

Rio Olympic silver medallist Joyce is risking a lot more at 35 but he is confident he won’t come up short against the rising star.

The Juggernaut said: “The fight is finally on and I can’t wait to get my hands on this guy.

“It’s going to be an explosive night.”

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