Impressive Dubois not ready yet for Whyte – Mark Tibbs

Mark Tibbs says Daniel Dubois is not ready to take on Dillian Whyte, despite the current clamour in some quarters for a huge all-British showdown between the pair.

Whyte appears to be hitting his peak at the age of 32, while the 22-year-old Dubois – exciting though he is – has only 14 professional bouts behind him (14-0 with 13 inside distance).

‘The Body Snatcher’ is set to finally get a crack at the WBC world heavyweight title soon after waiting more than 1000 days as the mandatory contender for the hallowed green belt.

If he overcomes the dangerous Russian Alexander Povetkin at Matchroom Fight Camp on Saturday night (live on Sky Sports Box Office pay-per-view), he will then face the winner of Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3 – which it is hoped will take place on Saturday December 19 – for the hallowed green belt.

But Fury’s co-promoter Frank Warren (who also promotes Dubois) says ‘The Gypsy King’ is focused on securing a massive showdown with Anthony Joshua, not a match with Whyte. He says Dillian should take on Dubois instead as he waits for Fury and AJ to have their megafight.

Tibbs, who trained Whyte to 11 straight victories before their recent split, has been hugely impressed by Dubois, but does not believe he’s ready yet for the step up to elite world level.

He Tweeted: “Impressed with Daniel Dubois the way he speaks, credit to his parents/team, it’s nonsense I must say to keep seeing vids of him talking the Whyte fight, not quite seasoned enough and the handlers might live to regret it, IF it was miraculously to happen.”

Dubois of course has business of his own to take care of in the next couple of months. He is slated to meet fellow British prospect Joe Joyce (11-0 with 10 inside) on a pay-per-view card at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday October 24.

Before that he makes his return to the ring after an eight-month absence behind closed doors at BT Sport Studios in Stratford on Saturday August 29.