Thankfully, it looks as though heavyweight blue chipper Daniel Dubois escaped permanent damage from his gruesome eye injury last year, though he’s still made some changes. The Daily Mail (I know, ugh, sorry) reports that former trainer Martin Bowers will now serve as Dubois’ manager, as “Dynamite” is “set to appoint Mark Tibbs as his new head coach.”
Promoter Frank Warren says they “want to get him back out in late April or maybe May.”
Tibbs notably trains WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders, who’s gearing up for a potential unification clash with Canelo Alvarez in May, and led Dillian Whyte to considerable success before parting ways with “The Body Snatcher” last year.
Whyte got plastered by Alexander Povetkin in his first post-Tibbs fight, so make of that what you will.
Dubois (15-1, 14 KO) entered his November clash with Joe Joyce as a prominent favorite, but “The Juggernaut’s” durability and ramrod jab allowed him to steadily break “Dynamite” down and force him to bow out due to eye damage. While those sorts of injuries can easily be career-enders, Dubois seems to have come through intact, and it will be nice to see the 23-year-old bruiser back in action before long.