Olympic silver medal winner Joe Joyce has had a run of bad luck with fights being canceled or pushed back.
Joyce has been out of the ring since winning a decision over veteran Bryant Jennings back in July of 2019. He was scheduled to face Marco Huck in January, which fell out due to an injury to Huck.
And then he was all set for a cracker of a fight against Daniel Dubois on April 11 - but their fight was pushed back due to the ongoing coronovirus pandemic. The tentative date for their contest is July 11.
Joyce's manager, Sam Jones, says their team has lost a small fortune with all of the delays and cancellations.
We've lost thousands and thousands of pounds. Joe was absolutely heartbroken. He's been out the ring since beating Bryant Jennings last July. Since then, he had his Marco Huck fight cancelled in January, so he's had two training camps now, peaked twice, and had no fight," Jones told BonusCodeBets.co.uk.
"It brought me to tears knowing how well Joe was doing, what had gone into camp, the sacrifices he had made, the cost of the sparring partners we'd brought in. The reality is we paid for flights for our team and the sparring partner from the UK. Then we were paying weekly for four US-based sparring partners. The UFC training facility, the very nice villa we were living in out in Vegas.
"We are talking thousands and thousands of pounds and I'm not talking about small thousands - big thousands - all invested into a camp that you can't claim back because boxers are self-employed. It's absolutely heartbreaking."
Jones is still confident that his boxer will come out on top when the two big punchers finnaly collide in the ring.
"It's going to be a different date with the same result. Joe is going to stop Daniel Dubois. It's going to be a car crash at the O2 arena and it's only going to end one way," Jones said.
"This is the biggest fight of Joe's career, five or six belts on the line, the winner goes on to a guaranteed world title shot. The date has been pushed back but this fight will happen - the fans have demanded it.
"Everyone is in the same boat, businesses are going to be affected by this. I feel terrible for people that are going to lose their job over something that is completely out of their control. When you take a step back, you also realise there are lots of people way less fortunate than you. There's a lot worse things happening to people than this fight being cancelled."