Joe Joyce set for big heavyweight clash against former world champion Bermane Stiverne on DeGale vs Eubank Jr undercard

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The rising British contender will face his toughest fight yet on February 23 in London

Joe Joyce will face a former world champion in just his eighth professional fight when he takes on Bermane Stiverne next month.

The 33-year-old – who turned pro relatively late after going to the 2016 Olympics – is set to be fast tracked in his development and will return on the James DeGale vs Chris Eubank Jr undercard on February 23 at the O2 Arena.

Joe Joyce is aiming to be moved quickly in 2019

Joe Joyce is aiming to be moved quickly in 2019

Stiverne, now 40, revealed to BWTM Sports he will climb back in the ring to face Joyce in his next appearance.

Although the fight is not yet officially announced, the Brit all-but-confirmed his opponent with a tweet stating: “Come on then dreadlocks, let’s ‘ave it!”

Bermane Stiverne won the vacant WBC title with a sixth round stoppage of Chris Arreola in 2014.

The Haitian-Canadian heavyweight lost the belt in his first defence to the current champion Deontay Wilder and was last seen suffering a first round knockout defeat in their rematch at the end of 2017.

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