Promoter Frank Warren says unbeaten heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois (5-0, 5 KOs) could be ready to challenge WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker in 5 more fights. Warren believes the 20-year-old Dobois will be ready to challenge for a world title in 12 months from now.
Dubois just turned 20 in September, which is hard to believe, because the 6’5” , 240 pound British heavyweight is looking so good already. Dobois turned pro in April, and he’s steamrolled the following heavyweights in scoring 5 straight knockouts:
• AJ Carter
• Mauricio Barragan
• David Howe
• Blaise Mendouo
• Marcus Kelly
“Look, I don’t go crazy about young fighters because there is always a long way to go – but he is by far the best heavyweight at this stage of his career that I have seen in my time in boxing,” Warren said to the telegraph.co.uk.
Dubois is said to have dropped heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in sparring, and given him major problems. Dubois seems to be getting better with each and every fight. As an amateur, Dubois won 69 fights while losing just 6. Had Dubois stuck around longer in the amateur ranks, he’d likely have made the British Olympic team, and possibly gone to accomplish big things. As 2012 Olympic gold medalist Anthony Joshua has already showed, it pays off to be an Olympic gold medal winner.
Joshua has really cashed in. Audley Harrison didn’t do too badly either after winning an Olympic gold medal in 2000.
“He has a fantastic jab, real power, he’s relaxed, a natural boxer and puncher. Not only did he knock Joshua down, he absolutely did for Joshua in the gym, as he has done with all the names he has sparred with,” said Warren.
Joshua is obviously not great when he’s sparring. He seems to be raise his game when it’s for real, but he obviously struggles during sparring.
Dubois is 8 years younger than the 28-year-old Joshua. The two of them could face each other in the future if Dubois is able to fight at a high enough level to beat the contenders in the heavyweight division. It would be in Dubois’s best interest to fight at least one contender before he challenges for a world title against Joshua or Anthony Parker. Just throwing Dubois in the ring with either of those guys could be a problem.
Dubois will be fighting next on December 9 against Dorian Darch (12-5-1, 1 KOs) on the undercard of IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale’s title defense. Also on the card is IBF World featherweight champion Lee Selby fighting TBA.
”Do not worry about Joshua running out of opponents. I think Dubois could be ready in 12 months’ time. I’d put him in with [Joseph] Parker after five more fights,” said Warren.
Joseph Parker likely won’t still be the WBO heavyweight champion in 5 more fights. Joshua will likely have beaten Parker by the time Dubois is ready to challenge for a heavyweight title.