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Inside stunning Church House venue for Daniel Dubois fight with Joe Joyce next to Westminster Abbey and bombed in war

DANIEL DUBOIS’ clash with Joe Joyce on November 28 will take place in the spectacular Church House Westminster.

This week, promoter Frank Warren revealed the monster boxing match – as well as Anthony Yarde vs Lyndon Arthur a week later – would take place at the iconic venue.

Dubois vs Joyce will take place at the iconic Church House Westminster
The venue was used during the Second World War and was even directly hit by a bomb during The Blitz

Dubois and Joyce will go head-to-head in the famous old building

Frank Warren revealed two big fights will take place on back-to-back weekends at Church House

Westminster was badly bombed during The Blitz in WWII – with St Thomas’ Hospital, pictured, hit in 1940

The building is absolutely drenched in history, having been originally built in 1887 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria.

In 1937, it was renovated by architect Sir Herbert Baker, with the foundation stones even laid by Queen Mary.

Three years later, the building was complete – and officially opened by King George VI.

However, shortly afterwards, the structure took a direct hit from a German bomb during The Blitz in World War II.

Incredibly, the building suffered minimal damage, with then-Prime Minister Winston Churchill so impressed by its resilience, he refurbished it for use by the two Houses of Parliament for the remainder of the war.

Church House Westminster would become a frequent host of major Churchill speeches from then on.

Churchill famously launched his speech confirming the sinking of the Bismarck from the Hoare Memorial Hall.

The very same room then hosted the first-ever UN General Assembly AND UN Preparatory Commission and Security Council meetings in 1946.

Warren announced Dubois will fight Joyce at the iconic Church House venue

The Queen attended the Assembly Hall at Church House for the ninth Inauguration of the General Synod of the Church of England in 2010

These days, the venue is a Grade II-listed building, complete with 19 flexible event spaces.

In the coming weeks, it will welcome some of Britain’s top boxers, starting off with Dubois vs Joyce and then Yarde vs Arthur.

And Warren – celebrating 40 years as a promoter – can’t wait, saying: “I’m delighted to be able to confirm such a spectacular venue to host two weeks of fantastic big time boxing.

“It’ll be a more than fitting way to celebrate my forty years in professional boxing.

“Both these bouts are going to be battles for the history books, so it makes sense they’d take place in a venue so rich in history.

“Winston Churchill announced the sinking of the Bismarck inside this venue.

“And soon we’ll know who out of Dubois, Joyce, Yarde and Arthur will sink or swim.”

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