Heavyweight contender Daniel Dubois is set to replace trainer Martin Bowers with Dillian Whyte’s former coach Mark Tibbs, according to The Daily Mail. Bowers will remain as the South Londoner’s manager.
Former British and Commonwealth champion Dubois (15-1, 14 KOs) was a firm favourite to beat Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce in November, but was stopped in the 10th round after taking a stiff jab to his severely damaged left eye.
With his blue chip amateur career overlooked, Joyce defied most pre-fight predictions with a jabbing masterclass, but the 23-year-old Dubois still has plenty of time on his side.
Afterwards, Dubois’ injury was diagnosed as a double-fractured eye socket with a bleed on the retina, making his decision to stay down seem more than reasonable, rather than place his long-term career in jeopardy.
Dubois is apparently on course to return to the ring in either April or May.
Former pro Tibbs, son of legendary fight figure Jimmy, is widely credited with transforming Whyte into a world class heavyweight.
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