Daniel Dubois

Daniel Dubois is Heavywieght Boxing’s Hottest Prospect

Daniel Dubois

It was the fight before Christmas and all through the house, all that could be heard was Daniel Dubois heavy hands.

The 22-year old Londoner headlined at the Copper Box Arena on December 21 in a fight with Japan’s Kyataro Fujimoto of Japan. Dubois won the fight via second-round TKO.

Fujimoto flew a long-way for a short night’s work. Though the former kickboxing champion vowed to knockout Dubois, the Londoner made short work of his man.

Fujimoto was hurt from Dubois’s first punch, a jab which staggered him into the ropes. Dropped by a jab in the second round, Dubois finished the game Japanese fighter with a right hand just as Fujimoto threw a left hook.

Fujimoto is a colorful fighter (his hair was dyed in Christmas colors) whose Japan press-conference for the fight featured a man in a panda suit.

His body language in the build-up in the fight seemed to suggest he was uncomfortable in London and in a pre-fight interview he went out of his way to mention that Andy Ruiz Jr. was still one of the world’s top Heavyweight fighters, despite a loss. Frank Warren says Dubois is ready for an all-UK clash with Anthony Joshua.

Dubois is Heavyweight boxing’s most exciting prospect and most would probably favor him to beat Joshua at this point, but the fight needs a lot more time to marinate.

Given that Joshua will likely fight twice next year (against Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev and then Aleksandr Usyk) such a fight is at least two years away.

“Dynamite” Dubois is a throw-back Heavyweight whose piston-like jab is a power punch in its own right (as Fujimoto discovered) in an era where a pawing range-finder jab is the preferred left-hand. 

With 14 fights at 22 years of age, Dubois continues to face tougher competition and his promoter Frank Warren of Queensbury Promotions has a plan for his fighter–an all-UK clash with Joe “Juggernaut” Joyce.

Indeed, Dubois will likely need one fight longer than a round and a half before taking on, say a Joseph Parker, or another former-title contender.

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