IN A huge end to the year for heavyweight boxing, the most exciting prospect in the sport – Daniel Dubois – has had his say on who will reign supreme once the New Year rolls around.
In an explosive interview ‘Dynamite’ also declared he’d be hunting down big name rivals throughout 2020, targeting fighters such as Joseph Parker and Alexander Povetkin.
Looking at the more immediate picture, he believes that Deontay Wilder will “knock Luis Ortiz out in devastating fashion” but struggled to predict the finish to Joshua vs Ruiz
“Obviously Ruiz got the job done last time out, but let’s see what happens.”
He added: “No one should underestimate Anthony Joshua as he’s done a lot for the sport but if he hasn’t improved on last time he could be in trouble.”
The young gun went on to question AJ’s appetite for the game: “If he’s still got the hunger he had years ago, he might have a chance.”
Asked to pick between the four fighters currently atop the heavyweight tree, ‘Dynamite’ suggested all roads lead to Fury vs Wilder 2.
“Deontay would beat AJ and Ruiz. He has too much power, too much killer instinct. He’d knock them both out”.
“Tyson beats both of them, too. Whoever wins in the Wilder and Fury rematch is the man… for now!”
Dubois, 13-0 with 12 KO’s, is considered the next big thing in heavyweight boxing and always has one eye on developments in the division.
“I’m always watching. Those are the four biggest names in the sport, but also Usyk, Kownacki, Parker, Povetkin. Everyone has an opinion on who I should fight.”
“Someone told me yesterday that Parker was annoyed that his promoter can’t get him fights. As the busiest heavyweight in boxing, I’d be happy to give him work.”
When the topic of fighting one of the so-called big boys came up, Dubois would simply say that “I’m ready for anyone.”
Dubois, under the guidance of promoter Frank Warren, has made it clear that he is planning an assault on the major world titles in the near future.
In the short term, though, he is after fights that improve his rankings and acquire coveted silverware.
Next up is Japanese heavyweight Kyotaro Fujimoto, ranked #12 with the WBA, for the WBO International and WBC Silver title.
“I’m looking forward to getting out again and continuing my rise to the top. Fujimoto is a serious fighter, we’re preparing well and come December 21 I intend to put on a show stopping performance.”
“I don’t look past people, I go through them. Fujimoto is a big step on my route to being the unified world champion.”
So whilst Dubois may be predicting either Fury or Wilder to reign supreme in the short term, he’s clearly backing himself to be the man left standing when the dust settles on the heavyweight division.