Monday, 12 June 2017 09:58

Daniel Dubois Is The Next Big Thing

Written by Joel Campbell
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DANIEL DUBOIS has said that sparring with world champion Anthony Joshua gave him the confidence to go on and pursue a career for himself in the world of boxing.

Dubois, 19, has a record of three wins from all of his professional bouts and recently destroyed David Howe with a second round KO.

Shaping up to be another hot prospect and guided by promoter Frank Warren, Dubois told the Voice of Sport that he wanted to be busy.

“I’d like to get at least six fights a year – as Frank (Warren) has promised me – and I’d like the right fights, a mixture of domestic opposition and imports so that I can move up in rounds and class.

I want to bash ‘em all up, 100 per cent. I love bashing people up,” He enthused.

He added: “I intend to win every title I can; Southern Area, English, British, Commonwealth, Inter-Continental, the sooner the better. I’ll give anything a go,” said the 6’ 5” prospect

Looking back at the moment when he decided lacing up the gloves was the right path for him, Dubois said: “I was only eighteen when I sparred AJ (Joshua) but I enjoyed some successes up in Sheffield. Given he’d been Olympic champion, that gave me a bit more confidence.

“That said, he’s the best I’ve shared a ring with. I’ve sparred him before most of his recent fights.

“He’s just a massive man, very strong, so I really needed my wits about me. He’s got a very solid jab, good defence and you certainly wouldn’t want to catch a clean right hand off him. In my view, he’s definitely the best in Britain, number one in the world.”

A five-time national junior titlist and reigning British amateur champ, the seventeen-and-a-half stone south Londoner could have remained an amateur fighter for a few more years but chose to get busy in the pro ranks sooner rather than later.

He said: “There was no guarantee the (national) selectors were going to put me in any of those competitions.

“Though Joe Joyce is heavily rumoured to be turning pro, they were clearly grooming Frazer Clarke to take over.

“He’s currently number four in the world I believe and had been at Sheffield a lot longer than me. That’s why I opted to learn the game in the pros instead.”

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