Daniel Dubois has another huge fight ahead of him against Jarrell Miller and he had only one condition before signing.
The young Brit is coming off what his team saw as a controversial loss to Oleksandr Usyk back in August. In the biggest test of his career and his first tilt at full world honours, the big-hitting Dubois managed to knock down the unified heavyweight champion with a body shot that was ruled to be low.
Usyk was given plenty of time to recover and, though Dubois and his promotional outfit Queensbury contested the result after the fight, it remains on his ledger as a loss as he went on to be stopped in the ninth round.
Rather than rebuilding slowly, Dubois – who is still only 26 years old and has had just 21 fights including a bruising loss to Joe Joyce in 2020 – is going right back in at a high level when he faces the 300lbs American Miller.
The fight is part of a huge card in Saudi Arabia on December 23 with the likes of Anthony Joshua versus Otto Wallin and Deontay Wilder versus Joseph Parker also featuring.
Speaking to Boxing King Media, Dubois’ coach Don Charles has said the fight was signed with just one condition and it related to drug testing. Miller famously failed such tests in the before his ill-fated fight with Anthony Joshua back in June 2019.
“That was the first thing we requested. We wanted guarantees that there would be stringent [drug] tests all throughout, from the minute [Miller] signed the contract. I trust our team and they will do the utmost to make sure we start on an even playing field.”
Charles then wondered when stricter measures around drug test failures might come in.
“This guy has done it three times you know. When are they going to bring a lifetime ban in? I don’t know, they should, that’s the only deterrent that I think will make people think before putting drugs in their system.”