Oleksandr Usyk has responded to Frank Warren’s claims that Daniel Dubois will knock him out on August 26, and questions whether Warren himself truly believes what he is saying.
The WBA, WBO and IBF world heavyweight titles will be on the line when Dubois travels to Wroclaw, Poland for a shot at the Ukrainian pound for pound star.
With four of his last five fights being against British opposition, the undefeated Usyk has plenty of reason to be confident against Dubois later this month.
And he said to TNT Sport in a recent interview that he does not think Dubois’ promoter truly has faith in his man to produce the upset.
“Frank Warren is a talented man, and he’s distinguished himself as a prominent promoter. So he has to talk and speak with confidence, otherwise people will start hesitating.”
“But no, I don’t believe him.”
Poland is a neighbouring country to Ukraine, so the fight will serve as a homecoming of sorts for national hero Usyk and is expected to be a sell out on the night.
It will be his first outing in almost exactly a year since his victory over Anthony Joshua in their rematch Saudi Arabiain 2022.
Though Dubois is a undoubtedly a heavy-handed fighter and will have every intention of upsetting the bookmakers odds, the boxing world had hoped to see Usyk lock horns with a different British heavyweight in 2023 – WBC world champion Tyson Fury.
Should Usyk come through Dubois, it is hoped that talks for that undisputed fight will start again – with third time being a charm.