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Joe Joyce set for boxing return next month

Joe Joyce will return to boxing next month.

The British fighter has not boxed since beating Daniel Dubois last autumn but his promoter Frank Warren said he will compete this summer as he looks to move close to a heavyweight title shot.

Warren told BT Sport: "Unfortunately with Joe, he had a really good win when he beat Daniel, and we’ve not been able to capitalize on it."

Joyce could end up facing the winner of the bout between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk in a world title fight ad Warren is aware that his fighter needs to be ready.

He said: "The only way to capitalize on it, being number 2 in the WBO, he will become the mandatory challenger to the winner of Usyk and AJ if it takes place, providing they can agree terms.

"If AJ vacates the title, then Usyk will have to fight Joe. But we can’t sit around and keep waiting, which we’ve been doing and doing. So Joe will fight either on the 24th or 31st of July and those two names, [Tony Yoka, Carlos Takam] are really on that list.

"He needs a big name, he needs to be in with a big name, and he needs to move forward. He wants to be out, he’s been very patient and we’ve had to work hard as I say to keep that position in the WBO. Now he’s gotta fight and he will be out next month."

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