Some signs were present, before punches were thrown, that Ebenezer Tetteh was in over his head against Daniel Dubois on a Friday card in England, portions of which screened on ESPN+.
One, Tetteh looked down during the staredown. He didn't want to lock eyes with the sturdily assembled Dubois, perhaps afraid that the favorite would see inside, and through him, and read his silent internal chatter.
Then, his corner forgot to insert his “gum shield” and the ref had to remind the soon to be 19-1 African to put in a teeth guard.
Well, his teeth held together, but his chin got checked-wrecked.
In round one, after two knockdowns by Dubois, the ref signaled a halt to the proceedings at Royal Albert Hall. Tetteh reacted angrily, but his ire versus the ref was the most offense he could muster, Dubois was too much of a man to handle.
Right after the 31 year old Ghanian Tetteh got done studying his toes and the middle of the canvas, and got the gum shield, they started battling. Dubois popped a long jab, sought to land a right hand follow behind it. Tetteh answered, edged forward, he wasn't folding from the onset. A minute in, Dubois started to target the body, and that long torso of Tetteh proved to be a tantalizing target. He was too erect. Soon, his posture would crumble, from a flurry. A left to the body softened him, then a left hook to the chin buzzed the loser. Dubois saw it, and a left-right-left-right quartet sent the compromised man down. And he should not have stood up right away. But he did, and his marbles were still scattered. His eyes had the look of a man caught with pants down, and knowing he'd not be able to talk his way out of this one. He blinked, then blinked HARDER, as if to will the eyelids open and shutting to hit a re-set button in his brain.
Seven shots, some landing, some landing a bit, the package was enough to again put Tetteh to the floor. He arose quickly, trying to hide his drunken legs from ref. The official did a mandatory eight, staring hard into the eyes that spoke silently. A mixed message, maybe, but the majority of the silent wording was this–I'm hurtin' and I am not so keen to take. ore. The ref took control, he waved his hands, signaling with 50 seconds left in the round that it was game over.
Tetteh's shove of the ref to show his displeasure helped prove the ref's point, there was nothing on it.
The winner picked up the Commonwealth belt and a WBO international strap as well. He's 22, and has no shortage of fans, and also detractprs who see muscles and his native land and react with the “F” word, “fraud.” Dubois is 22, so what say we let it play out more. A win over Tetteh will not down the line be seen as a resume bullet point, and no, Nathan Gorman will not ever be a world beater, so that win is decent but not something to have you scream “future champ.”
Can you see Dubois getting countered by a quick handed and mobile hitter? For sure.. But is he building momo, and would we like to see a sooner rather than later showdown between him and Joe Joyce, age 34, that would make sense. Joyce has faced five guys on paper better than anyone Dubois has, but many would pick the younger lad who they think has a higher ceiling. Who do you think makes sense for Dubois next, send a message to his promoter Frank Warren.…