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Frank Warren claims he would pit Daniel Dubois against Deontay Wilder by year’s end

Dubois’ fight with Joe Joyce is tentatively planned for July 11th.

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Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

The brewing possibility of Tyson Fury vs. Anthony Joshua could leave Deontay Wilder without a dance partner upon boxing’s return. Luckily for him, Frank Warren has a substitute. The Queensberry kingpin claims that should top prospect Daniel Dubois defeat Joe Joyce on July 11th, or whenever that card winds up taking place, he would be willing to pit “Dynamite” against “The Bronze Bomber” by year’s end.

“If Daniel comes through his fight with Joyce, then yes, by the end of the year yes. Tyson has shown how beatable Wilder is. Once their rematch is out the way, I’d have no problem matching Daniel with Deontay. Wilder is good, don’t get me wrong, but my man will be miles better in time.”

Dubois (14-0, 13 KO) is presently ranked #7 by the WBC, so if he does manage to decisively beat Joyce, this would be a perfectly reasonable matchup. Rather than focus on that or Dubois’ dominant performance in what was supposed to be his toughest test against Nathan Gorman last year, Warren gets into hyperbole.

“Daniel’s big and powerful and everyone knows he can punch, too. But he’s a good boxer. I’ve said before that he has a Larry Holmes-like jab and he works the body as well as any heavyweight on earth. I’ve been telling people how good Daniel is and once the world starts going back to normal, I’ll have no doubt he’ll show you.”

If I were Warren, I’d be terrified to walk past a parked car after saying that.

Giving Warren the benefit of the doubt that he’s legitimately considering this and not just blowing smoke, there’s a major hurdle in the way: travel restrictions, which Bob Arum has cited as impediments to making Fury-Wilder 3. One would hope that the situation will improve by the time late fall/winter rolls around, but there’s a whole heap of “ifs” between Warren and this fight.

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