Daniel Dubois is celebrating becoming the new WBA ‘regular’ world heavyweight champion after a memorable night in Miami.
The Briton is now the mandatory challenger for the ‘super’ title held by Oleksandr Usyk after taking a huge step on his journey to potential boxing stardom on Saturday evening.
As expected, Trevor Bryan proved no match for Dubois, who dominated the first three rounds of a somewhat surreal spectacle promoted by Don King before unleashing two monster left hooks in the fourth, the second of which sent his helpless opponent sprawling to the canvas.
The former British and Commonwealth champion, now 18-1 as a professional with 17 knockouts, then namechecked Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker as potential next opponents as he triumphantly takes that belt home back across the Atlantic.
Boxing schedule and results
Daniel Dubois bt Trevor Bryan
Luis J Rodriguez Fernandez bt Ryan Adams
Raynel Mederos bt Ryan Wilson
Tre’Sean Wiggins bt Travis Castellon
Ian Green bt Anthony Lenk
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Dubois: I want Joshua and Fury before they retire
The biggest showdowns in the heavyweight division evidently hold no fear for Dubois, who said this week that he hopes Anthony Joshua beats Oleksandr Usyk in their high-profile rematch in Saudi Arabia, now expected to take place in mid-August.
He fully believes that he has what it takes to beat both AJ and Tyson Fury.
“While Usyk may be easier for me to beat with my size and hitting power, I hope AJ wins his rematch. He has been great for British boxing. I’ve always wanted to fight him and there is more chance of that happening if he beats Usyk and stays in the game,” he told the Daily Mail.
“Yes, AJ is a big-money fight but I want to get to him and Tyson before they get to the age when they definitely call it a day. They are 10 years older than me so the reality is they might be done and dusted if I don’t fight them soon.”
Trainer Jamie Moore is backing Daniel Dubois to win easily tonight, in three or four rounds.
“It won’t be too much trouble for him,” he told BT Sport. “Bryan has got a lot to say, but I don’t think there’s a lot of substance there.
“Bryan is not a bad fighter, but Dubois is made for him style-wise.”
Green vs Lenk
The first fight of the night is finally underway at Casino Miami!
Ian Green is facing Anthony Lenk over 10 scheduled rounds for the WBA Continental Americas middleweight title.
Green is 15-2 with 11 knockouts on his resume, fighting for the first time since earning a decision win over Tyler Howard in Las Vegas in November.
Lenk is six years older and 17-8 as a pro, last losing to Michael Moore in a battle for the NABA middleweight crown in Ohio in January.
Dubois still targeting Joyce rematch?
Joe Joyce followed up his statement win over Daniel Dubois by stopping the ageing but durable Carlos Takam in the sixth round of a gruelling contest at Wembley Arena last July.
He is due to fight again at the same venue against an as of yet unknown opponent on July 2.
Would Dubois still be interested in a rematch down the line and potential opportunity to right that wrong if he wins tonight?
Speaking on Joyce back in February, he told Boxing Social: “That will always be in my mind. I wanna rematch him.
“I wanna wipe the slate clean and do it over again really. I’ve improved and I need to show it and right the wrong. Hopefully it happens.”
Dubois: Doing business with Don King is ‘crazy’
Don King – who outbid Frank Warren for the right to host Dubois-Bryan – has called tonight’s show in Florida ‘The Fight for Freedom and Peace’, dedicated to the brave and courageous people of Ukraine, who continue to fight admirably against Russia’s invasion of their homeland.
King, who turns 91 in August, gave a somewhat bizarre 30-minute press conference this week in which he covered all manner of topics.
“I grew up watching tapes with Don King, now I’m doing business with him, it’s crazy,” said Dubois. “Boxing is a small world at this level. After I deliver, I am sure he is going to have a lot of things to say.”
Dubois ready to ‘bring the pain’ in Miami
After a tense final staredown yesterday, a collected and cool Dubois pledged to make Bryan eat his words after days of trash talk.
“I’m not thinking about that. All the energy I’ve saved up, I want to let it all out and bring that belt back home,” he said.
“I do my talking in the ring and on Saturday night, I’m bringing the pain. This is the stepping stone to a major league.”
Bryan predicts late knockout
More confident talk from Bryan to BT Sport, calling Dubois a p***y and shrugging off his ‘fat boy’ jibes, evoking memories of Andy Ruiz Jr’s stunning win over Anthony Joshua in New York in 2019.
“I ain’t worried about what I look like,” he said. “I’m in shape, I’m ready to go 12 rounds. He thinks this is going to be a four-round fight, this ain’t going to be no four-round fight.
“I’m going to draw him into the late rounds and take him out. Drown him with my jab and take him out with my right hand.”
Dubois vs Bryan – Tale of the Tape
Pro record: 17-1
Dubois vows to impress on ‘stepping stone’ to bigger titles
Daniel Dubois has spent less than six competitive minutes in the ring since his shock knockout by Joe Joyce in London at the end of 2020.
But the 24-year-old is confident of coming through his first real test since Joyce in the form of an undefeated Trevor Bryan, in what will be only the Greenwich fighter’s second bout on American soil.
Dubois has long been talked up as the next big thing in the heavyweight division by Frank Warren, even amid the Joyce hiccup, and the promoter remains confident that he can be huge on both sides of the Atlantic.
Dubois himself is confident of returning to his home city after the weekend with Bryan’s WBA ‘regular’ heavyweight belt in tow.
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Dubois: Bryan is scared of my power
While Dubois looked riled at times at yesterday’s eventful weigh-in, he has mostly persevered with a calm and relaxed approach this week and avoided getting drawn into a war of words.
“I don’t go in for trash talk. We English are too reserved and polite to be good at that stuff,” he told the Daily Mail.
“We take afternoon tea, then go out to take care of business. As it happens this is not in character with Bryan from what I’ve seen of him and it tells me he’s scared of my power.
“I hope he doesn’t lie down the first time I hit him hard. I want this to be a statement fight for me. For everyone at home and abroad to see that I’m back.”