Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce have agreed to stage their heavyweight showdown behind-closed-doors.
The heavyweight duo have been set to collide since earlier this year but their promoter, Frank Warren, has revealed that it will now take place in front of no fans.
Dubois, the British and Commonwealth champion, will put his belts on the line against the Olympic silver medallist Joyce on either November 28 or December 5, with the vacant European belt in the sport’s premier division also at stake.
Boxing News TV understands that the fight will take place on regular BT Sport, having previously been slated for pay-per-view, and Warren has credited both fighters’ characters with the fact that the “biggest domestic heavyweight clash in years” is taking place despite the COVID-19 pandemic which has already put paid to the fight happening on three occasions.
“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,” said Warren when announcing the news. “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.”
The WBO International and WBC Silver titles, also held by Dubois, are expected to be on the line on the night when the pair look to advance their careers into the upper echelons of the heavyweight division towards a world title fight.
“I’d like to come out with all the venue and date details ready to go”, Warren added, “but the reality is, the situation is moving so fast we don’t have everything 100 per cent confirmed.
“The one thing we do have confirmed is that this fight will happen behind-closed-doors either in late November or early December.
“That means the event in October is cancelled and all ticket holders should get a refund from their ticket agent.”
Further details regarding the state of the TV broadcast and an official date and venue will be revealed in due course.