Joe Joyce was in tears when he was told his clash with Daniel Dubois had been postponed, the heavyweight’s manager has now revealed.
The coronavirus pandemic forced promoter Frank Warren to cancel the April fight night and move the event to 11 July.
Dubois and Joyce were in the final stages of their camp when they were told the fight was off and Sam Jones detailed how his boxer reacted to the news.
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‘Joe was absolutely heartbroken. He’s been out the ring since beating Bryant Jennings last July,’ Jones told BonusCodeBets.co.uk.
‘Since then, he had his Marco Huck fight cancelled in January, so he’s had two training camps now, peaked twice, and had no fight.
‘It brought us to tears knowing how well Joe was doing, what had gone into camp, the sacrifices he had made, the cost of the sparring partners we’d brought in.
‘The reality is we paid for flights for our team and the sparring partner from the UK.
‘Then we were paying weekly for four US-based sparring partners. The UFC training facility, the very nice villa we were living in out in Vegas.
‘We are talking thousands and thousands of pounds and I’m not talking about small thousands – big thousands – all invested into a camp that you can’t claim back because boxers are self-employed. It’s absolutely heartbreaking.’
Warren is hopeful the new date in July will go ahead after the spread of coronavirus forced British boxing to go into lockdown until the end of April.
‘We had to be realistic with Daniel Dubois vs Joe Joyce and Josh Taylor’s fight in Glasgow,’ Warren wrote in his Metro.co.uk column.
‘With the board saying no events and other sports shutting down, it felt like postponing was the only responsible solution.
‘Fortunately we were able to get a new date for Daniel and Joe announced right away and I know they’ll both be champing at the bit to get out and show what they can do on July 11th.
‘That’s […] months away, so we’re hoping everything will be able to go ahead by then.’
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