Daniel Dubois has backed promoter Frank Warren’s call for a tantalising confrontation with former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, and boldly predicted he’d “break him down”.
Speaking to Danny Flexen from SecondsOut, Dubois admitted he wasn’t privy to Warren’s plan to pair him with the ‘Bronze Bomber’ ahead of time, but was sure the fight was “the right step”.
“He was champion a long time but his reign is over now,” said Dubois. “When we do meet, I’ll be looking forward to it.”
With a smile, the 22-year-old British and Commonwealth champion then added: “It’ll be interesting.”
Frank Warren said of Dubois earlier this week: “Daniel is the best heavyweight prospect on Planet Earth and he’ll have far too much for Deontay Wilder.”
‘Dynamite’ clearly agrees.
“I’ve got more tools. I’ve got plenty of tools to use. I’ll find a way to win and break him down,” he said.
Having garnered a reputation as a fearsome puncher en route to 14 professional victories, Dubois was then asked whether he believes he would knock out Deontay Wilder.
The answer was simple: “Yeah. Of course. This is what the heavyweight game is all about, knockouts and exciting nights. It’ll be interesting when it happens.”
Dubois drew confidence from watching Tyson Fury dismantle Wilder in February and believes the Americans ‘heavy costume’ excuses are “a bit iffy”.
“He looked overwhelmed from the first second of that fight,” said Dubois. “He couldn’t get a foothold in the fight and he got beat up fair and square. He got beat down. If he’s the next step for me, I’m ready to take him.”
Warren’s call for a transatlantic dust-up between the two punchers came with just one caveat – that Dubois first overcomes domestic rival ‘The Juggernaut’ Joe Joyce.
The two British behemoths were scheduled to fight on April 11th, a bout that has since been rescheduled to July 11th because of the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
When the fight does take place, Dubois is fully confident he’ll rise to the occasion.
“I’m not overlooking anyone or underestimating anyone. This next fight with Joe is to see who is the best heavyweight in Britain and after that it’s ‘Who’s going to be the number one in the world?’”
Dubois then took aim at the heavyweight division’s biggest names, adding that he planned to “move all the old guys out the way”.
Former champ Wilder, 34, may take some moving, but a confident Dubois already has his sights set on the very top of the heavyweight mountain.