Daniel Dubois’ trainer Don Charles has revealed his ideal opponent for the Brit’s next outing, with the target representing an obvious route to a second world title shot following his impressive display against Jarrell Miller.
Dubois bounced back from defeat in his maiden world title challenge against Oleksandr Usyk, scoring a tenth-round knockout against Jarrell Miller with just seconds remaining on the clock, in a career-best win.
In an interview with TalkSport, Charles explained that he wants Dubois to reclaim the belt that he lost by facing Usyk, after the WBA installed Manuel Charr as the new Regular Champion.
“I have already mentioned this name, but Manuel Charr is the current holder of the WBA Regular belt, which is the belt that Daniel Dubois had before he fought Usyk.
“To my surprise, the WBA took that belt off of Daniel Dubois and awarded it to Manuel Charr, he didn’t actually win it in the ring.
“Obviously, I have got to speak to Frank [Warren], but that is the fight that I would actually like for Daniel, to get that belt back.”
Charr didn’t fight during 2023, but his new position with the WBA has him poised for a shot at the world title, as the winner of Fury-Usyk will eventually be forced to face him or vacate the full WBA (Super) title.
As a result, Charr now has a target on his back, and with a long wait until the WBA can call their mandatory (as the IBF and WBO are ahead of them in the pecking order), it is likely that Charr will attempt to defend his belt before any such opportunity arises.
Charr has called out plenty of British heavyweights over the last twelve months, including Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua and Derek Chisora, but it seems that ‘Diamond Boy’ could instead wind up facing Dubois if all goes to plan.