Frank Warren Insists It's Not Too Soon For Daniel Dubois To Beat Anthony Joshua

The boxing promoter says his charge is ready for the two-time heavyweight champion
13:37, 19 Dec 2019

Anthony Joshua has finished off the 2010s in style. The Brit regained his heavyweight belts from Andy Ruiz Jr. in The Clash On The Dunes on December 7, an £83million bout, and reinstated his claim as a world-beater, a two-time unified champion.

AJ has yet to announce a further fight, but promoter Frank Warren has presented a tantalisingly tasty option in Daniel DuBois, who is preparing to face off against Japan’s Kyotaro Fujimoto this Saturday at the Copper Box Arena in London’s Olympic Park.

"If I could make (Dubois) and Anthony Joshua today, I would make it," said Warren, 67. "I am so confident." 

Joshua is currently under Warren’s competitor Eddie Hearn’s banner Matchroom.

"People say It's too soon,” Warren added.

“I know who I would have my money on," suggesting that AJ might not have the easiest time against his younger compatriot.

22-year-old Dubois has an unblemished record after 13 fights, while Joshua, 30, has a professional resumé of 23-1-0

Both pugilists stand at around 6ft 5, and the potential for a clash is an extremely intriguing one, as Dubois, nicknamed 'DDD', continues to gain traction and make a name for himself.

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This is Dubois’s fifth fight of 2019, with victories over Razvan Cojanu, Richard Lartey, Nathan Gorman and Ebenezer Tetteh (all by knock-out).

"It's been an amazing year so we are moving on past this one and on to an even better one next year," said Dubois.

"I'm young, with a lot of ability and I'm ready to be pushed on now. It's a matter of getting the right fights and for Frank to map out the route.

“If it was Joshua this weekend, no problem. I'm ready. I've the ability as well as the power. I'm prepared."

The 33-year-old former kick-boxer Fujimoto has a record of 21 wins and one defeat. Saturday's bout at London's Copper Box Arena is his first fight outside of Japan.

Warren, who also looks after Tyson Fury, confirmed 'The Gypsy King' versus Deontay Wilder trilogy will take place in the summer of 2020 after their February 22 rematch.