Daniel Dubois is backing himself to beat any heavyweight put in front of him, including former unified champion Tyson Fury. The British heavyweight has only just turned 22, but is itching to move up the ranks and take on one of the division’s top fighters. Fury came through a difficult fight with Otto Wallin last weekend, sustaining a nasty cut above his eye in the third round which almost cost him a victory. The Gypsy King was allowed to continue despite the deep gash and Dubois praised his rival for seeing through what turned out to be a testing appearance against an unheralded opponent. ‘It looked like a really bloody, tough fight. He came through it and credit to him,’ Dubois told Metro.co.uk. ‘Boxing is never straight forward. The boxing public can change their opinion of you in a split second.
‘Tyson should be pleased with himself because he’s got another victory. He’s living the life right now. He’s got a great deal with the American networks. ‘His legacy is already sealed, but he can earn a lot more money from another few fights.’ After dismissing the suggestion Fury’s reputation might have taken a hit following the Wallin clash, Dubois refused to rank any heavyweight as the world’s best.
Anthony Joshua, Andy Ruiz Jr, Deontay Wilder and Fury would say they have a claim on the crown. Fury’s status remains the lineal champion, while Ruiz Jr holds three of the four world titles after his shock win over AJ. But any weakness can be ruthlessly exposed at heavyweight, Dubois says, and none of the top fighters were immune from frailties. ‘It’s hard to rank everyone,’ he explained. ‘It’s different every day. [Anthony] Joshua had a claim [to be No.1] before he got beat [by Andy Ruiz Jr]. Things change too quickly for there to be a No.1 heavyweight.’
Dubois is back in action next weekend at the Royal Albert Hall against unbeaten Ghanaian Ebenezer Tetteh. The fight is just two months after Dubois saw his profile go up another notch by knocking out fellow prospect Nathan Gorman. Should Dubois continue his meteoric rise, he should arrive at the top in time for a domestic showdown with Joshua and Fury. ‘I’m capable of beating Tyson Fury right now,’ he predicted. ‘I’m 100 per cent confident in my ability. I’ll beat anyone who steps in the ring with me. I only have one gear: seek and destroy, kill or be killed.’
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