Despite Daniel Dubois’ questionable showing against Kevin Lerena last time out, his promoter, Frank Warren, has reiterated that he would not be hesitant to pit him against the elite heavyweights.
Dubois seemed to be on the path to some huge fights, however, he was knocked down three times during the opening round of his fight against Lerena, who most expected him to make light work of.
Although the performance can be put down to a leg injury, alarm bells were once again raised about Dubois and there are plenty who doubt whether he is ready to mix it with the top of the division.
In an interview with Seconds Out, when asked if he had concerns about putting Dubois up against the top heavyweights, Warren backed his man.
No [I’m not concerned]. You can look at most fighters over the years, fights where they have struggled and they have come back, I’ve seen that a lot. What I like to see is, if you get caught you get caught, it is how you deal with it, and he dealt with it well.
When he gets someone in trouble, he is a good finisher, he is probably one of the best finishers in the business. Of course, I would like to see him have more fights, he is young, but he is in a position now where he is going to be in big fights.”
Dubois holds the WBA regular title and, as part of the their ‘World Title Reduction Plan’, they have ordered the Brit to face Super champion, Oleksandr Usyk. Although an undisputed fight with Fury will undoubtedly take precedence, it does put Dubois in a strong position to fight for a world title in 2023.