Joe Joyce: List of opponents for Commonwealth title defence revealed

WBN Staff 27/03/2019
Joe Joyce

📸 Lawrence Lustig

The list of contenders Joe Joyce must defend his heavyweight title against has been revealed by the Commonwealth Boxing Council.

Joyce has been ordered to make a mandatory defence of his belt by September. ‘The Juggernaut’ can decide on any of the name challengers.

Among the twelve-strong names are lineal champion Tyson Fury. WBC number one Dillian Whyte features too.

Also included are one-time world title holder Joseph Parker. Plus omestic rivals Dave Allen, Daniel Dubois and Derek Chisora.

Fury is hugely unlikely to accept his inclusion with the CBC. Whilst a more likely clash would be against Dubois.

Recently put forward to challenge for the vacant British strap alongside Dubois, the pair could conceivably battle for both straps if they agree to meet in 2019.

There’s also the distinct possibility Joyce will drop the Commonwealth belt in pursuit of a WBA title shot against Manuel Charr.

Winning the ‘gold’ title in his last bout, Joyce claimed an eliminator triumph that could lead to a big opportunity to come.

Commonwealth Boxing Council information:


Won title: 5th May 2018 / Last defence: 23rd February 2019


Dave Allen (England)

Derek Chisora (England)

Daniel Dubois (England)

Junior Fa (New Zealand)

Hughie Fury (England)

Tyson Fury (England)

Nathan Gorman (England)

Demsey McKean (Australia)

Mladen Miljas (Canada)

Joseph Parker (New Zealand)

Ebenezer Tetteh (Ghana)

Dillian Whyte (England)


JOE JOYCE to defend against any of the above by 30th September 2019

READ: WBC Top 40 – Heavyweight (March 2019): Joyce eligible for Wilder shot

READ: Daniel Dubois welcomes Joe Joyce order by BBBofC

Rules for title defence are as follows:

  • A Champion is required to defend within the time period set.
  • The champion can defend against any of the listed contenders in his weight division.
  • All except in the case where a particular mandatory challenger has been specified.
  • Either of such defences to be considered a mandatory defence. A Champion can defend against a challenger not listed.
  • 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. Such defence will be considered a voluntary defence.
  • The winner will be obliged to make a mandatory defence 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 formal sanction.
  • Commissions, federations and other boxing regulatory/sanctioning authorities receiving this notice are requested to advise all interested parties within their jurisdictions.