Exciting young British star Daniel Dubois will get the chance to move closer to becoming a world heavyweight champion this summer.
Dubois, now 24 years old, has rebuilt his career in the last 12 months following that devastating first pro loss to Joe Joyce in late 2020. Wins over Bogdan Dinu and Joe Cusumano were expected, but the manner of them showed that ‘Dynamite’ still has stunning power in both hands.
Now 17-1 with 16 wins inside distance, Dubois will face off with current title holder Trevor Bryan (22-0) for the WBA’s regular heavyweight strap. Don King beat Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions in the race to stage the bout with a purse bid of $3.116million.
Usyk vs Joshua 2 could happen in June
The WBA super title, the real world heavyweight title, is of course currently held by one Oleksandr Usyk after that brilliant performance to dethrone Anthony Joshua in London last September.
The rematch between the two has been delayed with Usyk having far greater things to take care off back home in Ukraine, fighting against the Russian invasion.
Now though it appears the bout could happen in June, with reports that Usyk is ready to return to training to prepare for the second fight with Joshua (24-2).
Latest WBA heavyweight rankings
While Usyk has the super title and Bryan the regular strap, Dubois is #1 in the rankings with American Michael Hunter at 2.
Finland’s Robert Helenius sits at #3 in the list on the back of two terrific wins over highly-touted Pole Adam Kownacki. Then comes Hughie Fury, cousin of WBC, Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight king Tyson Fury.
Joshua and former long-time WBC champion Deontay Wilder are fifth and sixth in the latest WBA list while German Agit Kabayel is at 7.
Martin Bakole is at #10 in the list ahead of a big test vs unbeaten 2016 Olympic champion Tony Yoka – that is set for France in May. Former WBA king Andy Ruiz Jr is 11 with punishing Croat Filip Hrgovic and former WBO ruler Joseph Parker after that.