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Frank Warren on Decision To Push Dubois-Joyce To The Summer

Frank Warren, promoter for undefeated heavyweight banger Daniel Dubois, says his fighter will take a three week break before he resumes his preparation, to continue working for a planned showdown with

Olympic silver medal winner Joe Joyce, who also works with Warren.

The highly anticipated fight was scheduled for April 11 at the O2 Arena in London, but was pushed back until July 11. The vacant EBU world title will be at stake.

The British Boxing Board of Control has canceled all of the UK boxing events for March and April.

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The contest was widely viewed as a 50-50 bout between two undefeated boxers with heavy hands.

Warren had entertained the idea of holding the event behind closed doors, but everyone ultimately decided to push everything back to the summer.

“Yeah, we had some thoughts about it,” Warren told iFL TV. “But we decided it was such a big fight and needs an atmosphere to work. We made a collective decision to push it back to July 11, because hopefully by then we might get back to normality. People who have got tickets can get a refund for the original date or hold on to their tickets for July 11 for what is going to be a great fight.

“It’s all beyond our control – the government is being advised by scientists. The immediate impact is financial to everybody. It will be interesting to see what happens with the TV companies. Sky Sports and BT Sport rely on subscriptions and we don’t want that to be a problem for the industry.

“It’s tough times and no one has got a crystal ball. Even if an event went on then some people wouldn’t have the money to buy a ticket for it. People’s health comes before anything else.”