World Boxing News has been informed that a heavyweight clash between Joe Joyce and Bermane Stiverne is close to being a done deal for February 23.
Joyce has been on the hunt for a ranked contender opponent despite only fighting seven times as a pro.
The one-time Commonwealth title holder had been linked to Robert Helenius and Johann Duhaupas. Joyce now looks to have settled on Stiverne.
The Haitian-Canadian has prior credentials following his reign as WBC champion before being dethroned by Deontay Wilder.
Stiverne proved his metal in becoming the maiden fighter to go past four rounds against Wilder in 2015.
Taking ‘The Bronze Bomber’ the distance at the time, Stiverne bowed out as title holder with his head held high.
In a rematch almost three years later, inactivity told. Stiverne was blasted out in the first round having only fought once since the initial contest.
The 40 year-old represents a good test for Joyce at this stage of the Briton’s career. ‘The Juggernaut’ is plotting a route to the top of the sport by 2020.
There’s also history between the two following a sparring session in the past.
James DeGale’s vacant IBO super-middleweight title clash with Chris Eubank Jr. tops the bill at The O2 Arena in London.
Full details of the undercard and how to access this ITV Box Office PPV event across all platforms will be announced and made available in due course. For updated and further information, please go to www.itvboxoffice.com
Tickets for the fight are on sale. Tickets available from www.AXS.com and Inner Ringside/VIP Hospitality from www.sportandmusic.co.uk.
This fight will be shown exclusively on ITV Box Office. For further information and updates, please go to www.itvboxoffice.com.
News of the DeGale v Eubank Jr showdown follows the announcement at the end of December. Two major world title fights to be shown free to air on ITV. This is part of the broad scope of the ITV and PBC deal.
On 19 January, ITV4’s coverage will come live from Las Vegas. Manny Pacquiao will defend his WBA world welterweight title against Adrien Broner.
The exclusive ITV4 coverage will also include the much-anticipated showdown between Badou Jack and Marcus Browne. The pair fight it out for the WBA Interim Light Heavyweight title.
Late last year, ITV announced a ground-breaking new deal with Haymon Sports. Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) will bring exclusive coverage of exciting PBC world-class boxing events to ITV viewers and fight fans in the UK.