Dubois and Joyce face-off behind screen at Greenwich Maritime Museum as rivals close in on Battle of Britain

DANIEL DUBOIS wants to floor the bookies who have made him a red-hot favourite to batter Joe Joyce.

The 22-year-old British and Commomwealth heavyweight champ puts his belts on the line against his fellow Londoner on October 24.

Before that O2 battle – planned for a sell-out crowd – both undefeated sluggers must come through tricky warm-up fights behind-closed-doors at the BT Sport Studios in Stratford.

Dubois, the massive 1-3 favourite, expects to wallop Michael Erik Pfeifer on August 29.

And Joyce, 33, is currently the 4-1 underdog if he comes through Michael Wallisch on Saturday.

Dynamite Dubois said: "I prefer to let my fists do the talking.

"I don't care about odds or numbers. I just want to fight. I am ready to rumble.

"Of course I will watch Joe's show on Saturday, I wouldn't miss any show during lockdown.

"Then it's 100 per cent focus on him and me getting on and settling things."

Joyce, who will be 35 in September, lost around £60,000 when his Las Vegas training camp for the original April clash was axed for lockdown.

But he could earn a large chunk of that back if he backs himself to upset the Dubois steam train.

Joyce said: "I would say I am the favourite but the bookies don't see it that way.

"I am the underdog so I have nothing to worry about. I have no pressure and Daniel has it all.

"I was surprised that Daniel took this warm-up fight because Erik Pfeifer is no joke, he's done two Olympics and I have sparred him so he is in a big fight definitely."

Promoter Frank Warren fancies his chances of getting around 18,000 fans into the Greenwich venue once lockdown is lifted.

So the need for both men to defend their undefeated records faultlessly has never been higher.

They'll even be backing each other to score wins just to make sure their clash finally happens after two Covid-19 postponements.

Warren said: "Who would ever have thought these two would be cheering each other on?

"But that is exactly what they'll be doing because they both need to win their fights to guarantee a huge British battle."

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