Dubois v Joyce Preview: Daniel Dubois Top 5 Wins

Dave Kuzio:

Daniel Dubois puts his WBC Silver, WBO International, British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles on the line against Joe Joyce at The O2 Arena on April 11. Here, we take a look at five of Daniel Dubois' best wins in his 14-fight career.

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Daniel Dubois is seen as the future of British heavyweight boxing. The 22-year-old is undefeated after 14 professional fights and he will be setting his sights on the bigger fights if he gets through Joe Joyce on April 11.

Dubois is currently the holder of the WBC Silver, WBO International, British and Commonwealth titles and he will be putting them on the line against Joyce at The O2 Arena in London.

Out of Dubois’ 14 fights, he has claimed 13 wins by knockout or technical knockout with just one fight going the full distance. Here, we take a look at the best wins of Dubois career.

5. Daniel Dubois vs Marcus Kelly – April 8. 2017

Daniel Dubois took on Marcus Kelly in his first professional fight at the Manchester Arena on April 8 on the undercard to Liam Smith versus Liam Williams. This fight did not last too long, in fact if you blinked you might have missed it.

This fight was over in 35 seconds. Kelly came out swinging, but to no avail as Dubois was too quick for him. Dubois then landed a left hook that sent Kelly into the corner and Dubois went for the kill and stopped him moments later.

4. Daniel Dubois vs Tom Little – June 23, 2018

This was Dubois eighth professional fight, and this was the first time he had been taken past three rounds.

This victory saw Dubois claim the vacant English heavyweight title and he did this one fight quicker than Anthony Joshua – that shows how much he is rated if the Joshua comparisons were coming out after eight fights.

Dubois looked like finishing it in the first round as he landed a barrage of punches, but they didn’t have much effect on Little and he wanted Dubois to keep punching.

Dubois continued to land heavy shots on Little and he was sent to the canvas at the start of the fourth thanks to a crunching body shot from Dubois.

The writing was on the wall for Little now, he was stopped in the following round as Dubois punished him with some more bruising body shots.

3. Daniel Dubois vs Kevin Johnson – October 6, 2018

Daniel Dubois (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Archive/PA Images)

Less than four months after winning the English title, Dubois was back in action against a tough American opponent in Kevin Johnson.

Johnson was a veteran fighter with 43 bouts under his belt at this stage. He had shared the ring with the likes of Vitali Klitschko, Tyson Fury, Dereck Chisora, Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr – not winning any of them.

He knew his way around the ring, and he took Dubois the full distance for the first time in his career. Dubois won a unanimous decision, but he proved he had the engine to go 10 rounds and this victory would stand him in good stead for the future.

2. Daniel Dubois vs Nathan Gorman – July 13, 2019

Dubois and Gorman faced off against each other for the vacant British heavyweight title at The O2 Arena with the winner knowing that their career would take off.

Dubois was in full control of this fight, he knocked Gorman down in the third with consecutive rights. This was the first time Gorman had been dropped in his career.

He was down again in the fifth when another right from Dubois found its mark and sent Gorman down to the canvas. He got to his feet, but the referee rightly waved it off. The two, who didn’t have anything nice to say about each other before the fight, shook hands after the bout.

1. Daniel Dubois vs Kyotaro Fujimoto – December 21, 2019

This was Dubois final fight and he made light work of his Japanese opponent, who had only lost once before this against former rugby league player Solomon Haumono.

Dubois looked happy and content in the opening round, before dropping Fujimoto to the canvas at the start of the second round with a stiff jab.

Dubois could smell blood now and he soon finished the fight with a devastating right hook that saw Fujimoto crumple in a heap. He then needed oxygen as he sat in the ring.

 

 

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