Daniel Dubois steps up in class next month for a huge showdown vs Trevor Bryan, and UK viewers will be able to watch the bout on BT Sport.
The exciting ‘Dynamite’ 17-1 (16 inside distance) has had to wait a while for his chance to meet the American, who holds the WBA regular heavyweight crown. But on June 11 in Miami, that chance will finally arrive.
Dubois, now 24, has fought twice since that devastating first career defeat at the hands of Joe Joyce in November 2020. He looked impressive both times in quickfire demolitions of Bogdan Dinu and Joe Cusumano. It is now nine months since that win over Cusumano in Cleveland though, and Daniel is itching to get back into action.
Dubois ready to make Bryan pay
He told the Unibet Lowdown: “It is about time and I have been waiting patiently for a while. It has been frustrating so I am glad to get it on, finally.
“I will definitely take it out on him with controlled aggression, that’s what works. I want to go in there to put on a boxing display and make a statement. I have been training pretty much non-stop, I have been in the gym and the other guys have been having fights and I have just been working away, but now it is on and I can’t wait to go out there and show what I am about.”
Dubois says the memory of that defeat by Joyce, and the maturity and experience brought by age, have helped him become a better fighter in the last two years. Now he believes he has the mind as well as the physical attributes to put Bryan to the sword on June 11.
“Of course, I am getting older and age brings maturity and experience. I’ve just got to learn from my mistakes. I’ve got all the experience needed to succeed now and it is up to me to apply it, be myself and go out there and just devastate him.
“We’ve been working on a few key things we’re going to use in the fight and it is all a work in progress. We’ve got a gameplan in mind but it is just about feeling it, really feeling it and I’m gonna get in there and make sure I’m on it this time.”
In the footsteps of legends
The Miami show will be promoted by a boxing legend in the shape of the 90-year-old Don King, who won purse bids earlier this year. King of course has promoted some of the greatest heavyweights ever in the shape of Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Larry Holmes and Mike Tyson. Dubois is excited by the opportunity to follow in their footsteps.
“No pressure, it is in Miami and that is the place to be. I can’t wait to get out there and put on a show. I am not at all fazed by being the away or home fighter, I am just going to take this opportunity with both hands.
“Those names get you buzzing, you hear them and think ‘this guy is ancient and a legend of the game’. Now we are doing business with him, it’s amazing. It is the way this world works.”