Daniel Dubois has a huge test coming up against Jarrell Miller and his former coach has some words of wisdom for him.
Despite knocking Usyk down with what was ruled as a low blow, Dubois was eventually overpowered and stopped by Usyk in the ninth round to take his second loss, after also being stopped by Joe Joyce back in 2020.
Now, he is stepping up on December 23 on the huge card of heavyweight action out in Saudi Arabia against the almost 300lbs American Miller.
Speaking to Pro Boxing Fans, Dubois’s former coach, Shane McGuigan, was asked if this was a good fight for the 26-year-old..
“It is the right fight for him because Miller pushes him back. Daniel’s best when he’s on the back foot. He’s got a great jab and unbelievable punch power. He’s really not the best when he’s attacking people. That’s why he went on the back foot against Usyk, trying to walk him on to something, trying to time him.”
He went on to explain why he thought Miller’s busy work rate and come forward style he has displayed in previous fights will be perfect for Dubois.
“He hasn’t been active. Back then [before his ban] his style would have been perfect for Daniel. The only thing I question about Daniel is how’s he going come back from this loss. If he hadn’t have dropped Usyk with the body shot he wouldn’t be crying robbery, he’d be thinking I got beaten up and dropped by a guy who’s not a massive puncher.”
McGuigan then said that, if Dubois can get his head right, he has a good chance of winning the fight.
“The only thing I question with Daniel is how’s he going to come back from this [Usyk] loss. If he hadn’t have dropped Usyk with that body shot, he wouldn’t be crying robbery. He’d be thinking ‘s**t I got overwhelmed, beaten up and dropped by a guy that’s not a massive puncher.’
“He’s fighting a guy who talks a lot of s**t. Daniel doesn’t like confrontation … And I hope for Daniel’s sake that he realises it doesn’t mean nothing. Just get in the ring and do your thing. If Don Charles installs that confidence I think he wins.”