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Daniel Dubois: the man to beat Anthony Joshua?

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“Dubois is the best heavyweight prospect I have ever seen at this stage," said promoter Frank Warren this week, in an interview with The Telegraph. He argues that Daniel Dubois could take Anthony Joshua’s world titles in around a year’s time.

On the subject of taking on AJ, Warren said, “I think Dubois could be ready in 12 months' time... There are always question marks and things to answer but I have a talent here, mark my words”.

Above: with Klitschko defeated and Tyson Fury currently in recess, few world heavyweights are believed to be able to go toe-to-toe with Joshua. 

“We've seen Joshua under pressure from Klitschko and survive, but Klitschko turned the heat off and let him off the hook. This kid would not let him off the hook. I have a heavyweight who has Joshua's number and he just needs more experience and he'll be ready to fight him."

According to his promoter, and a circulating rumour, Dubois has got the best of Joshua in the past. Warren said, “Not only did he knock Joshua down [in sparring], he absolutely did for Joshua in the gym, as he has done with all the names he has sparred with.

So far in his career Dubois has won five from five and stopped all of his opponents within the distance. He’s also already claimed the WBC Youth World Heavyweight Title and the Southern Area Heavyweight Title.

Above: Like Joshua, Dubois has a 100% knockout record so far in his pro career.

Dubois initially planned to take part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games but elected to follow the professional path and, at present and despite his inexperience, he may be one of the most credible threats to Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight crown.

Warren’s enthusiasm is understandable and he has every reason to be ambitious as regards his young charge. He added, “Look, I don’t go crazy about young fighters because there is always a long way to go - but he is by far the best heavyweight at this stage of his career that I have seen in my time in boxing. He has a fantastic jab, real power, he's relaxed, a natural boxer and puncher.

Watch this space for a great British heavyweight. 

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