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Joe Joyce to vacate Commonwealth belt, list of eligible contenders named

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The Commonwealth Boxing Council have released the names of possible contenders to contest Joe Joyce’s heavyweight title.

WBN has been informed Joyce will be vacating his title imminently and two from the recently revealed CBC list will get the call.

A third fight between Dave Allen and Lenroy Thomas would be the preferred choice. And as WBN currently understands, all will be revealed soon.

Allen is pencilled in to compete in Newcastle later this month and has been linked to facing Lucas Browne afterwards.

A clash with Browne would almost certainly be sanctioned by request for a potential date in December, should the Thomas fight fail to materialize.

Fighting twice previously, Thomas won a close decision to win the strap before Allen suffered an early cut in the rematch.


Won title – 5th May 2018


Dave Allen (England)

Derek Chisora (England)

Daniel Dubois (England)

Onoriode Ehwarieme (Nigeria)

Junior Fa (New Zealand)

Hughie Fury (England)

Tyson Fury (England)

Nathan Gorman (England)

Simon Kean (Canada)

Alex Leapai (Australia)

Demsey McKean (Australia)

Mladen Miljas (Canada)

Joseph Parker (New Zealand)

Lenroy Thomas (Jamaica)

Dillian Whyte (England)

**Contenders are listed in alphabetical order

Ruling: A Champion is required to defend within the time period. This is set against any of the listed contenders in his weight division.

Except in the case where a particular mandatory challenger has been specified. Either of such defenses to be considered a mandatory defense.

Should a Champion wish to defend against a challenger not listed then an application must be made to the Hon Secretary of the CBC by him, his manager or a promoter on their behalves.

Permission will be granted subject to approval by the CBC of the challenger and such defense will be considered a voluntary defense.

The winner will be obliged to make a mandatory defense within the time period specified if this has not already taken place.

Promoters must send copies of contracts to the Hon Secretary. Together with the appropriate Sanction Fee otherwise the contest may not receive a formal sanction.


1. When a Commonwealth Champion wins a ‘World’ Championship whether or not recognized by the Council or by any individual Member Federation of the Council the relevant Commonwealth Championship shall automatically be declared vacant.

It follows that a Commonwealth Champion cannot lose his Championship as a result of losing a ‘World’ Championship contest when the opponent would otherwise qualify as an eligible contender.

2. In view of varying medical standards and requirements for boxers throughout the Commonwealth. Promoters are urged to ensure that boxers from abroad competing for Commonwealth Titles are capable of meeting the standards of the host governing authority.

3. It is the obligation of the Champion and his manager. And/or any promoter with whom they are currently working to meet the defense requirements set by the Council.

In the event of difficulty in attracting listed contenders, the Council will exercise its reasonable discretion. But it will be the obligation of the Champion to ensure that there is Championship activity in the relevant weight division.