Daniel Dubois challenges for the unified heavyweight titles at just 25-years-old, looking to cause an incredible upset against elite Ukrainian, Oleksandr Usyk.
The Brit faces an uphill battle against Usyk, who was previously undisputed at cruiserweight before moving up and dethroning Anthony Joshua to win the WBA, WBO and IBF titles.
A 6/1 underdog, most pundits are picking Usyk to retain, but, unsurprisingly, Dubois is being backed fully by his team.
Promoter Frank Warren has done a good job of convincing fans that he has not doubt his man will shock the world on August 26 in Wroclaw, Poland.
It’s something that another former cruiserweight champion, Johnny Nelson, believes is simply salesmanship. He told Boxing Social that the only think Dubois brings to the table is a powerful punch.
“Frank’s right – he’s got the punch power to knock this guy out. Daniel’s proved that. That’s all. I don’t think it’s gonna be enough to beat Oleksandr Usyk. And that’s where the problem is.
Let’s focus on what Daniel can do, he has the power and the punch to knock him out. That one minute second that he’s got to wait for in that fight. I’d love him to win – I back the Brit and properly flip the chart over and say nobody expected that.
Let’s be honest. Frank don’t think his boy’s gonna win, he hopes his boy’s gonna win. I hope he will, but realistically he’s got a big mountain to climb.”
Dubois will be under the tutelage of Don Charles after splitting with his previous coach, Shane McGuigan, just before the fight announcement.
Should Usyk keep his belts on the night, he is looking to re-enter discussions with the division’s other champion, Tyson Fury, for an undisputed bout, but may just be served another mandatory order.