World Boxing News reports a warm-up for Joe Joyce towards a bigger battle in 2022, and Joet Gonzalez vs. Isaac Dogboe announced at super bantamweight.
Joyce battle the experienced German Christian Hammer at the OVO Arena, Wembley, on July 2, as part of a huge fight night featuring Jason Cunningham v Zolani Tete, Callum Johnson, and Nathan Heaney, live on BT Sport.
After being out of the ring since his defeat of Carlos Takam in July of last year and suffering a broken wrist that kept him out of action in the first half of this year, Joyce takes his place on the Wembley bill against the 34-year-old German Hammer.
“The most important thing is to get Joe active and confident again after injury,” said promoter Frank Warren. “Christian Hammer is an experienced campaigner who will provide a decent test and give him a good fight. We expect Joe to come through it successfully and then prepare for a bigger showdown later this year.
“It was well documented that we intended to match Big Joe with Joseph Parker in September, but Parker has now opted to sign a promotional agreement elsewhere. Joe’s route to a world title shot does not revolve around Parker, and we have plans for a major fight for him in the autumn.”
“I’ve known about Christian Hammer for a while now,” said Joyce from his training base in Las Vegas. “He has fought everybody. It will be a good fight, he comes forward, and it will be exciting. It is one to get me ready for the next fights coming up.
Boxing News – Gonzalez vs. Dogboe
It’s the “Quiet Storm” versus a “Royal Storm,” a can’t-miss featherweight matchup with a title shot on the line. Two-time world title challenger Joet Gonzalez will take on former junior featherweight world champion Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe in a 10-round main event Saturday, July 23, at Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minnesota. Gonzalez will put his WBO International belt on the line, with the fight also serving as a WBC world title eliminator.
In the 10-round lightweight co-feature, undefeated contender Giovanni “El Cabron” Cabrera hopes for a signature win against the flashy Gabriel Flores Jr.
Gonzalez-Dogboe, Cabrera-Flores, and undercard bouts will stream live and exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Rapacz Boxing, tickets starting at $35 go on sale Wednesday, June 15 at 10 a.m. CST and can be purchased by visiting eTix.com.