The much-anticipated heavyweight bout between Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce is pencilled in for November 28th, and boxing fans will be counting down the days until two of Britain’s most promising heavyweights touch gloves on fight night. Both fighters will be putting their unbeaten records on the line, and – according to the latest 2 – Triple D, who boasts a 15-0 unbeaten streak, is the more likely of the pair to leave the ring with his record still unblemished.
Dubois has never shied away from a fight, and already people are starting to ask what’s next for the Londoner, who fought a whopping five times in 2019 alone, should he beat The Juggernaut later this month. And, it seems like there are two very possible opponents waiting in the flanks. Read on to find out more!
After dominating the cruiserweight division, Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk moved up to the heavyweight class, and, after just two bouts, he’s already making waves across the division. Usyk kept his place as the mandatory challenger for Anthony Joshua’s WBO belt when he beat Derek Chisora at the end of October.
However, Joshua could vacate the title in favour of fighting fellow Briton Tyson Fury, which would leave the door open for a bout between Usyk and Dubois, who is currently ranked No 2. by the WBO.
In his Daily Star column, Triple D’s promoter, Frank Warren, has revealed that he would have no issues putting the winner of Dubois vs Joyce into the ring with Usyk.
“If Anthony Joshua decides to drop the WBO heavyweight belt to fight Tyson Fury, then I'll be putting the winner of Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce forward to face Oleksandr Usyk.
“I see no reason why either man couldn't take on the Ukrainian superstar.
“I'd back Dubois or Joyce to come out on top in that fight so let's keep an eye on how all this plays out.”
Triple D himself has since added that he would have no problem facing the unbeaten Ukrainian.
“If that’s for a world title, that’s big bucks, big everything; you’re near the top of the hill with one belt. That will be a great next step once I get through Joe,” the 23-year-old said.
“This Joe fight is like a world title fight anyway, so I’d have no problem facing Usyk or any top contender next.”
Another hot prospect of the heavyweight division, Filip Hrgović is also being tipped to be Dubois’ next opponent. According to the Croatian’s co-promoter Nisse Sauerland, who manages Hrgović alongside Eddie Hearn, the 28-year-old is ‘very keen’ to go toe-to-toe with Triple D. The hard-hitting pair have reportedly had some fiery sparring sessions in the past, and Hearn is eager to find out if those training stories are true.
“Great fight. We've all heard the sparring stories, let's find out if they're true or not,” Hearn said.
“Two great young heavyweights, who are both top 10 in the world now.”
When asked about the sparring sessions by Sky Sports, Sauerland didn’t reveal much, but he say that Hrgović would be willing to step into the ring with Dubois in the future.
“I don't really like to discuss sparring. But the way we see it? Filip is the best heavyweight in the world,” the co-promoter told Sky Sports.
“We would fight Dubois, no problem, if the terms were right. He still has to beat Joe Joyce, which is a very tough fight, Dubois should not look past it. But we would take the winner of Joyce vs Dubois any day of the week. I know Filip would be very keen on that fight.”
One thing’s for sure, whatever awaits Dubois in the near future will be dependent on the outcome of the Joyce bout, which is arguably his toughest challenge to date.