Days out from his monster fight against unified world champion Oleksandr Usyk, British heavyweight Daniel Dubois was clearly in a confident mood.
For all of Usyk’s technical advantages, Dubois is ten years younger than the Ukrainian, which is clearly something ‘DDD’ is taking confidence from.
In a recent feature with TNT Sport, he claimed Usyk’s best days were behind him, before playfully referring to him as “old man.”
“I feel like he’s had his best days. He’s had his career, he’s made his money and he’s had 300 amateur fights. His best days are done.”
“It’s my time now. It’s time for me to show I’m a young man – you can’t let this old man outwork you! I’m 25 for Christ sake. I’ve got to step my game up, and this fight is all about stepping my level up.”
“Are you really going to let this old man take this away from you?”
In what is by far and away the toughest test of his career, Dubois will challenge for the undefeated Usyk’s WBA, WBO and IBF belts in front of what is expected to be a heavily pro Usyk crowd at Wroclaw Stadium in Polan
Most observers believe Dubois will rely on him doing what fellow Brit Anthony Joshua couldn’t in his two fights against Usyk, and make his physical advantages count against arguably the most skilled fighter in the heavyweight division.
Should Dubois manage to pull off the unthinkable this weekend it would go down as one of the greatest heavyweight upsets in decades.