Daniel Dubois is getting ready to problem a world heavyweight champion, whether or not that’s Oleksandr Usyk or Tyson Fury.
The younger Londoner holds a ‘common’ WBA belt. That title is flippantly regarded, a secondary belt to the WBA heavyweight championship that Oleksandr Usyk holds together with the IBF and WBO titles.
Nevertheless it leaves Dubois effectively positioned within the division and in line to be the necessary challenger for Usyk’s WBA title.
“He is the WBA ‘common’ champion. Folks would possibly discredit it, we boxed Trevor Bryan for it. [But Dubois] nonetheless holds a model of a world title that places him in line for being in a robust place. He is extremely, extremely ranked with the WBA,” Shane McGuigan, Dubois’ coach, instructed Sky Sports activities.
Dubois’ staff believes he’s first in line to be referred to as as Usyk’s necessary challenger.
“We get that shot, subsequent in line. As a result of Usyk’s received all the opposite belts, he is received the IBF, the WBO and the WBA, Fury’s received the WBC. Out of the IBF, WBA and WBO, Daniel is the primary in line, the WBA is the primary in line to get the shot,” McGuigan defined.
It is why Dubois is preventing a southpaw opponent subsequent in Kevin Lerena. “We want that prep. He wants prep to have the ability to do this,” the coach continued.
“He is received a slippery opponent in Kevin Lerena, a man that is come up from cruiserweight, respectable mover, good head motion. He is not like Usyk, he would not dart round on his ft however he is received the flexibility to maneuver his head and he makes himself small, he is onerous to hit clear. It is a good take a look at for us.
“We have to get by way of this and see how he does with a southpaw.”
Dubois misplaced to London rival Joe Joyce in 2020 however has rebuilt since then. McGuigan would not hesitate to place him in with Usyk now.
“By no means, you have to take your alternatives while they get offered to your self. We have been working collectively for over a 12 months now, a 12 months and a half. He is getting so a lot better. He hasn’t had an opportunity to point out it but,” McGuigan stated.
“He knocked out Bogdan Dinu, [Joe] Cusumano in America – knocked him out after which clearly knocked out Trevor Bryan. He really had a virus and a flu on that combat week, we simply went by way of with it. We simply knew that he was going to do the job.”
Usyk is taking a look at assembly Tyson Fury in an undisputed heavyweight title conflict early subsequent 12 months. That will take priority over Dubois as a compulsory challenger and the Ukrainian’s staff is assured that bout is heading in the right direction to occur subsequent.
However Dubois would push his declare for a shot on the winner, even when it was Fury.
He’s boxing Lerena on the undercard of Fury’s title defence towards Derek Chisora on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London subsequent month. That can see Dubois concerned in a stadium present and acquire additional expertise.
“It is huge,” McGuigan stated. “[Fury] desires fights within the UK, him versus Derek Chisora, regardless that it is their third combat collectively, it is nonetheless a British identify.
“Dillian Whyte, it is nonetheless a British identify, Anthony Joshua, it is nonetheless a British identify, Joe Joyce, it is nonetheless a British identify. The identical with Daniel Dubois.
“He [Fury] has received an excellent collection of heavyweights. He is gone by way of two. He wants the AJ combat, which might be going to take a while. He is received Joe Joyce and Daniel Dubois.”
McGuigan is actually satisfied that Dubois has the punch energy to be an issue for any heavyweight on the market.
“We might simply be boxing Tyson Fury quickly and sure Dan’s solely 25. He must get let off the leash at some stage. I feel to be trustworthy with Dan’s type, Joe Joyce might be the toughest combat on the market for him, out of all of them,” he stated.
“If he hits anybody clear – he knocks them out. Actually.”