The WBA’s #1 ranked heavyweight contender Daniel Dubois did what was expected of him last when he destroyed the overmatched Joe Cusumano in their showdown in Cleveland.
‘Dynamite’ (17-1 with 16 inside distance) had already made a successful comeback after sustaining a horrific eye injury in his first professional defeat at the hands of Joe Joyce last November. He blasted out Dinu inside two rounds in early June.
The fight vs Cusumano was his first in the United States – and he made no mistake in dispatching his opponent inside the first three minutes with a brutal stoppage.
Joshua vs Usyk has WBA belt on the line
Anthony Joshua of course remains the super champion and he is set to put that belt – along with this IBF and WBO straps – against Oleksandr Usyk at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday September 25. That after his planned August 14 showdown with Tyson Fury was scuppered by Deontay Wilder winning a legal ruling to force a trilogy bout with Fury instead (now set for Saturday October 9).
Michael Hunter continues his meteoric rise up the rankings – he is now #2 behind Dubois after an easy victory in a mismatch vs Mike Wilson at MSG in early August.
Robert Helenius meanwhile moves into the list at the heady heights of #3 ahead of his rematch with Brooklyn-based Pole Adam Kownacki (now #10) on the Fury vs Wilder 3 undercard in Las Vegas. On the same card the now unranked Efe Ajagba (go figure) and #12 Frank Sanchez meet in a tantalising clash of two unbeaten prospects.
Another promising heavyweight out on July 24 is Jared ‘Big Baby’ Anderson (9-0). He continues his big-time education with a showdown against Vladimir Tereshkin. That is again on a stacked Fury vs Wilder 3 undercard.
Another notable new name in the top 15 is the Croatian Mark De Mori (#8), who brings a 39-2 record to the table with 35 knockouts.