Fight Talk: Daniel Dubois v Joe Joyce, Kell Brook, Katie Taylor, Terri Harper, Anthony Yarde

Dubois v Joyce – it’s on

Saturday, 11 April – fight fans, clear your diaries.

British heavyweights Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce will put their unbeaten records on the line as they headline at London’s O2 Arena.

After months of negotiations, promoter Frank Warren teased us earlier in the week by saying he was about to confirm “one of the most anticipated fights to be held in the UK in recent years”.

You can always rely on Twitter for amusing responses…

But Butcher and Slater can breathe a sigh of relief as Joyce v Dubois was announced on Friday.

And Warren is rightly being given some major kudos for pitting the two Londoners against each other…

Outside of the ring, Joyce and Dubois come across as somewhat reserved and laid-back men.

You wouldn’t find Dubois doing a Tyson Fury and rocking up at a news conference dressed as Batman, or Joyce flipping a table like Dereck Chisora.

But at Friday’s news conference, Dubois’ demeanour was a world away from the quiet, well-mannered fighter we’ve seen so far in his career.

After being questioned by Joe Joyce’s mum Marvel Opara, who is registered blind, on whether he will pull out of the bout because of an injury, Dubois responded: “It’s probably good that if you’re going to be at ringside at the 02 you won’t be able to see what I do to your son.”

He then pushed Joyce at the obligatory face to face.

But fans aren’t buying this new trash-talking version of Dubois…

So then, who wins? Dubois has stopped 13 of his 14 opponents so far and fans of the 22-year-old are making bold predictions…

Joyce is an Olympic silver medallist but, at the age of 34, time may not be on his side. Beating Dubois will put his name in the hat for a world-title challenge. And some fans are giving him a chance…