Daniel Dubois vs Joe Joyce postponed again
Frank Warren has confirmed that Daniel Dubois vs Joe Joyce is set to be postponed yet again.
The fantastic fight between unbeaten British heavyweights was originally announced for April 11 at the O2 Arena, however when the coronavirus lockdown came into effect it was pushed back to July 11 and then to October 24.
Now, the date is going to moved once more.
Warren explained on White and Jordan on talkSPORT: “Well, he [Dubois] was supposed to fight against Joe Joyce on October 24 at the O2 Arena.
“It looks like we’re pushing that back now because we were hoping at that stage to get an audience in there.
“And we’re still liaising at the moment with the government department dealing with that.
“We’re hoping that we will have a live audience in November there, so we’re working hard to get it on.
“But obviously we’re in the government’s hands.
“The big problem is obviously we’ve got a spike at the moment, so who knows? Every day it changes.
“But we do have to have some sort of audience there to make this work.”
When asked what size crowd is needed to get the fight away, Warren replied: “Well they were talking about maybe letting us get 20/25 per cent in.
“Whether that’s gonna happen or not, I’ve got no idea now because we don’t know where we are.
“And even that’s not enough. The show was virtually sold out, so it means that 75 per cent of the people will not be able to go to the show whatever happens…
“It’s what the crowd generates.
“Tyson [Fury] against [Deontay] Wilder in his last fight in Vegas in February – it was the highest grossing heavyweight fight they’ve ever had there as far as the revenue taken on the live gate.
“So you can’t just dismiss that, you need that money to make it stack up alright.
“The guys are contracted a certain amount of money and they will obviously want that.
“We won’t be getting that type of money, and the only other way to do it is to find a site somewhere where they’re willing to put a fee up for us to take the fight to the venue.”