Daniel Dubois looks back in bid to take big step forward

British underdog Daniel Dubois will draw inspiration from Tyson Fury when he faces world heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday evening.

Dubois (19-1, 18 knockouts) will stroll out at Tarczynski Enviornment in entrance of round 43,000 spectators this weekend, with the bulk contained in the Polish venue supporting Ukrainian hero Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs) given many Ukraine natives have resided in Poland since Russia’s invasion of their nation final 12 months.

Whereas Dubois, 25, can anticipate a hostile ring stroll for his first world title struggle, his promoter Frank Warren has been right here earlier than.

It was Warren and his Queensberry Promotions firm that made the match-up between Fury and Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, which ended with the British heavyweight producing an unlimited upset in Germany to declare the WBA, IBF and WBO belts in exceptional style. That was Fury’s maiden world title bout and few gave him an opportunity, however he pulled off a shock victory on factors in Dusseldorf and stablemate Dubois is now dreaming of doing the identical in Wroclaw.

“All the nice fighters had to do it. Earlier than they had been champions, folks doubted them and had numerous issues to say,” Dubois instructed the PA information company.

“Boxing is made up of opinions so I by no means take it to coronary heart or let it break me. I’m prepared to go. Prepared to go on the market and show what I would like to do.

“Tyson is an efficient instance. Take a look at what he has completed and gone on to obtain now. I simply want to get the prayers going and hopefully the big man upstairs hears me.”

Saturday’s present is the beginning of a busy interval for Warren and Queensberry Promotions, with a rematch between Joe Joyce and China’s Zhilei Zhang scheduled on 23 September at Wembley Enviornment.

In the meantime, Fury is due to step in the ring to take on blended martial arts fighter Francis Ngannou in a boxing contest on 28 October in Saudi Arabia, however the Briton’s WBC heavyweight title won’t be at stake.

A profitable couple of months for Warren’s fighters might outcome in an in-house unification bout at first of 2024.

Warren instructed PA: “Each big heavyweight struggle, our fighters are concerned in. Concerning Tyson’s future, all of it relies on what occurs on 26 August, so it’s an attention-grabbing time for the heavyweight determination.

“We’ve seen the chances upset and I simply really feel it’s Daniel’s time. I do know he has all of the tools to do it, he can punch from each fingers, he has an ideal jab, good velocity and footwork. It is going to all be about his temperament and I imagine his temperament will see him by way of.

“Nobody gave Tyson an opportunity and over time we’ve completed a couple of of these fights, so I hope it’s the case once more. On the finish of the day, Daniel has bought a large alternative and if it comes out proper for him, it could be sensible.”

Loads has been thrown at Dubois because the struggle was confirmed along with his age and lack of expertise cited as big weaknesses, whereas the bookmakers have him as an enormous outsider.

The Londoner has fought 20 occasions since he turned skilled in 2017 however notably took a knee which allowed himself to be counted out in the tenth spherical of a conflict with Joyce three years in the past due to a grotesquely swollen left eye.

Dubois obtained a barrage of criticism for ‘quitting’ from present and former boxers. It was later revealed he suffered a damaged orbital bone and nerve injury round his eye in addition to retinal bleeding.

After rebuilding his profession in America, Dubois now enters his first world title struggle on the age of 25 however with extra heavyweight bouts than Usyk and a secret weapon in new coach Don Charles, who was in Derek Chisora’s nook when the Briton pushed Usyk all the best way at Wembley Enviornment in 2020.

Dubois added: “I’ve been boxing for many of my life in order that [age] argument is out of the window. I’ve the expertise and I would like to be a veteran in this struggle.

“I’ve to bully him. I’ve to go in there and be the bully. Be the bully and shake him up. Yeah, Don shall be placing in issues that I’m not even conscious of style-wise and coach-wise. He has numerous ardour and that’s what you want.

“You want the bully-the-bull kind mentality to go in there and f*** s*** up, as they are saying. That’s what we’d like to do.”

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