British heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois scored another easy win this past Saturday, stopping Ricardo Snijders in the second round of a fight that easily could have been called in the first, and the 22-year-old “Dynamite” looks headed for a long-awaited showdown with fellow unbeaten slugger Joe Joyce.
But promoter Frank Warren is definitely looking toward the future, and has big hopes for the young knockout artist. Warren tells Sky Sports that he’d be happy to make a fight between Dubois and WBA/IBF/WBO titleholder Anthony Joshua right now:
“When you have a talent like Daniel, the individual route to a world title becomes less important. Before long, he’ll be at the top of all the sanctioning bodies’ rankings and everyone will be running scared from him. If it’s AJ’s WBO title, so be it. They’ve sparred before and Daniel held his own. I’ve said before, I’d make that fight tomorrow.”
For what it’s worth, Dubois, who holds the WBO’s International title, is currently the No. 3-ranked contender by the sanctioning body, behind Oleksandr Usyk and Joseph Parker.
Dubois (15-0, 14 KO) and Joyce (11-0, 10 KO) were scheduled to meet in the spring, but that fight like so many others was postponed by coronavirus. The two both returned recently with tune-up wins, and the idea has been for them to meet on Oct. 24. But that’s not set in stone, and Warren has indicated previously that he won’t do the fight without a paying audience in attendance.
Joshua (23-1, 21 KO) has bigger fish to fry at the moment, or at least fish that he has to fry. He’s got an IBF mandatory due against Kubrat Pulev, a fight that has been signed with Eddie Hearn hoping to put it on in December after having to postpone the original date. Then he might have a WBO mandatory with Oleksandr Usyk due, and if he were to get past both of those, and Tyson Fury keeps winning, too, the obvious fight to make is Fury-Joshua for the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world.
But Dubois is, at the moment, on his way. There’s no questioning that. He’s delivered against the opposition and the hype is big. He’s drawing attention. He’s making his name. It won’t be next, surely, but Dubois just has to keep winning and he’ll get his title opportunity sooner than later, probably.