The Battle of Britain between heavyweights Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce has finally been confirmed, Joseph Parker has found himself in the midst of his own domestic rivalry and Frank Warren has spoken out about the time Mike Tyson smacked him. It’s been another busy week in boxer, here are five stories you might have missed...
Daniel Dubois vs Joe Joyce Confirmed For November With No PPV
It’s official. A blockbuster all-British heavyweight showdown between Daniel Dubois, 15-0, and Joe Joyce, 11-0, is all set to go ahead on November 28 for the British, European and Commonwealth titles.
Best of all, with fans unable to attend thanks to Covid, promoter Frank Warren has said that the fight will not be on Pay-Per-View, meaning fight fans will get the chance to watch one of the biggest fights of the year for free.
"This is about keeping boxing alive and relevant at a tough time and doing something for the fans," Warren said.
"We have moved heaven and earth to put this on as a BT Sport subscription Fight Night instead.
"With boxing still being behind closed doors and struggling back to its feet post-lockdown, I wanted to give something of a gift to British boxing fans.”
Joseph Parker Set For An All New Zealand Showdown With Amateur Rival
It’s not just Great Britain that’s gearing itself up for a delicious domestic bust-up to round off the year, with boxing fans from New Zealand getting giddy in anticipation for Joseph Parker vs Junior Fa in Auckland, on December 11.
It’s odd to see Parker, a genuinely likeable chap, in the midst of such a rivalry but the two Kiwis have a long history, with the pair fighting four times as amateurs, winning two each.
Fa's promoter Lou DiBella said, "I've always believed that Junior Fa had the ability to become a world champion and, on December 11, he'll have the opportunity to prove that against a former heavyweight champion and amateur rival, in countryman Joseph Parker.
"Not only is this match-up one of the biggest fights in New Zealand history, it has high significance on the heavyweight landscape worldwide, with the winner closing in on a world title shot.”
Parker’s established title contender versus Fa’s potential to be the next superstar New Zealander makes for a fascinating match up. We can’t wait.
Deontay Wilder Made A Mistake Sacking Co-Trainer, Says Dillian Whyte
Dillian Whyte has branded heavyweight rival Deontay Wilder an “idiot” after his decision to split with his co-trainer, Mark Breland.
Breland, who threw in the towel as Wilder succumbed to defeat in his rematch with Tyson Fury in February, had been with the Alabaman for the entirety of his 12-year professional career, but was let go as Wilder seeks to mix things up for his third fight Fury, something that Whyte thinks is a mistake.
"I think it's the worst mistake he's (Wilder) ever made,” Whyte told Sky Sports," Because Mark Breland is the only person in his team that actually was a boxer and actually was a world champion. He was the only person that didn't care about money or fame.
"Someone who was actually from an emotional point, someone who understands, thinking about his health and did the right thing by throwing the towel in, because he could have got seriously hurt.”
Katie Taylor To Defend World Titles In November
‘The Bray Bomber’ Katie Taylor is set to defend her world lightweight titles against Spain’s Miriam Guttierez on November 14, just three months after her rematch win over Delphine Persoon.
Taylor will be the headline act in a triple-header of women’s titles fights next month, with Terri Harper putting her super-featherweight titles on the line against Katharina Thanderz, and Rachel Ball versus Ebanie Bridges for the WBA bantamweight strap also on the card.
Gutierrez, 37, has won all 13 of her professional fights and is Taylor’s mandatory challenger, having claimed the interim WBA belt last November.
"I am very happy, eager and excited," she told Sky Sports. "I am preparing myself 100% for this fight with Katie. This is the great challenge that I have pursued in my sports career, to be able to fight for the undisputed crown."
Frank Warren Tells The Story Of Mike Tyson Punching Him in 2000
Frank Warren has been around the boxing block for a fair bit so he’s bound to have some epic tales to tell, but the one about Mike Tyson punching him over a £2million jewellery bill is an exceedingly good one.
Speaking on Andy Coulson's Crisis What Crisis Podcast, the promoter recalled, “First time he came over, no problems, he was great.
“And then he went into a jewellers and walked out with an invoice for, I can’t remember the exact amount, £1.5m, £2m something like that.
“They never paid the bill and the jewellers, quite rightly, wanted to get paid and they kept ringing me. And I was ringing the States. They’re telling me, ‘Don't worry, we’re going to do another fight here let’s pay it out of that'.
“When he came back the second time he was just awful. Beyond awful. He was petulant, aggressive, totally different scenario.
“The bill hadn’t been paid still and he’d gone into the jewellers - because there was a girl in there that he had met and he was basically showing off to her.
“And to cut a long story short, he got p***** about it.
“I go up to the hotel. Next minute, you stand there talking and he’s taken a swing at me. He actually caught me. There’s a lot of commotion. I didn’t expect it. It was a cheap shot. I got up and it’s pandemonium, madness in the room.”