British heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois is young at 21, and there’s a lot of learning left to do on the job. He knows that, but he also doesn’t think he’s too far off from being ready for world title fights.
“If things keep going well and I keep beating who is in the front of me, the opportunities will come. ... Right now I don’t think I’m that far away from world titles. As long as I keep winning I will be up there fighting for the belts. Anything can happen, the belts could change and the division could be scattered again. At the moment it’s about learning and winning, and winning good. But if that opportunity comes, I would jump at it.”
Dubois (9-0, 8 KO) returns to the ring on Friday at Royal Albert Hall, in a main event that will stream in the United States on ESPN+.
Dubois will also be going into camp with Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller, who challenges WBA/IBF/WBO titleholder Anthony Joshua on June 1 in New York.
Frank Warren’s current plan, reportedly, is for Dubois to get past Razvan Cojanu (16-5, 9 KO) on Friday, which is the expected outcome, and then face Nathan Gorman (15-0, 11 KO) at some point later this year. The 22-year-old Gorman beat Cojanu by near-shutout decision over 12 rounds on Dec. 22 in Manchester.
Gorman, frankly, isn’t seen as quite the prospect that Dubois is, but then George Groves wasn’t seen as quite the prospect that James DeGale was when they met early in their pro careers back in 2011, and we know how that turned out. Gorman is tentatively slated to the ring on March 23 in Leicester, against an opponent still to be determined.