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Joe Joyce versus Daniel Dubois on hold as Alexander Ustinov named as Joyce opponent

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The British Boxing Board of Control has ordered that Joe ‘Juggernaut’ Joyce 8-0 (8) and Daniel ‘Dynamite’ Dubois 11-0 (10) to fight for the vacant British title but that fight will have to wait after it was announced today that Joyce would be facing Russian giant Alexander Ustinov 34-4 (25) in his next assignment.

Dubois was impressive in stopping once-beaten Richard Lartey last weekend in four rounds while Joyce stopped former world titleholder Bermane Stiverne in six rounds back in February.

“He got the job done. It was a very entertaining fight. He got a little bit troubled by Lartey at some points, but he took him out of there,” said Joyce to British Boxing News.

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“I’ve got a fight in Stevenage on May 18. That’s a good warm-up, then I should be out again in July. Potentially, I’m going to speak to Frank (Warren) and my managers, and we’ll see what’s out there.”

Dubois was happy with his performance against Lartey, although he admitted he got dragged into a shootout.

“It was a firefight, and I was still basically trying to hit him with shots. I let my mind go then I thought, you know what, I need to pick the right shots. I hit him with a good shot and caught him on the point where I wanted to all night, so it was a lesson learnt,” said Dubois.

“The guy was rugged and tough and strong. He swung, but it was lessons learnt again – just to be careful at all times.

“There are big fights lined up. If I just keep winning and keep progressing, I’m getting closer to these guys. If I keep winning, then I’ll be sharing a ring with these guys soon. Definitely, I’ll beat Joyce. As long as the preparation is right, I stay focused, listen to the people around me, I’ll beat anyone, I believe.”

The 42-year-old Ustinov is coming off back-to-back losses to Manuel Charr and Michael Hunter.

“I could have waited until the big fight night on July 13th, but I wanted to keep busy,” said Joyce. “I didn’t want a journeyman, so we chose a 6-foot-8 inch giant and former world heavyweight title challenger Alexander Ustinov who’s only lost three times. He is big, awkward and he can punch. My aim is to take him out in spectacular fashion and put on a great show for the fans at the Lamex Stadium.”

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