Everything you need to know about the hard-hitting British heavyweight contender Daniel Dubois.
|6th September, 1997
|Greenwich, London, UK
|Greenwich, London, UK
|19-2 (18 KOs)
Daniel Dubois opted to turn professional with Frank Warren after less than 75 fights as an amateur.
Team GB bosses had hoped Dubois would compete at the 2020 Olympics, but the Londoner chose to go about learning his trade in a different way by going up against men where the fighting style of the amateur code is left far behind.
After eight fights Dubois was hurting and stopping people for fun.
Kevin Johnson was an immovable object and gave the young up and comer the 10 rounds he needed to then further his development.
Stopping Nathan Gorman in five rounds to become British heavyweight champion was a significant milestone and proved that Britain had an exciting contender to focus on.
That was until he fought Joe Joyce...
On paper Daniel Dubois vs Joe Joyce was a brilliant piece of matchmaking - two heavyweight prospects from completely different boxing backgrounds looking to put the other a step back on their journey to the top.
At the unique setting of Church House in Westminster the two men jousted for the British, Commonwealth and European heavyweight titles.
Frank Warren promoted Dubois but co-promoted Joyce at the time.
His horse in the race was undoubtedly Dubois and many believed the power, the jab and the athleticism of Dubois would help him prevail on the night.
Joyce quietened his doubters by reminding everyone why he had been a successful amateur, including an Olympic silver medal, by using his own jab to great effect to keep Dubois at bay.
Better fundamentals proved decisive, something that Dubois would have gained had he stayed amateur, and with Joyce constantly pinging the left side of his opponent’s face the fight was waved off in round 10 with Dubois unable to continue after suffering a fractured left eye socket.
The education of Daniel Dubois had just received its first painful lesson.
Having parted ways with trainer Martin Bowers in the wake of his first professional loss Dubois set about finding a new cornerman.
Initially it looked like he would be teaming up with Mark Tibbs, but their time together was brief and in May 2021 it was announced Shane McGuigan would be training Dubois.
The new fighter and trainer combo hit the ground running quickly with a second-round knockout over Bogdan Dinu.
That win gave Dubois the WBA ‘Regular’ title. Not recognised as an official world title but what it succeeds in is placing the fighter high up on their rankings.
The safety-first matchmaking continued with back-to-back fights in America against Joe Cusumano and Trevor Bryan.
Dubois fought for less than 12 minutes over both contests!
With the American adventure over Dubois returned to London for a fight against one-time cruiserweight contender Kevin Lerena.
The setting was the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium where the headline acts were Tyson Fury and Derek Chisora fighting needlessly for a third time.
However, there was to be heavyweight drama but not in the main event.
Despite being an overwhelming odds-on favourite Dubois had to dig deep and call on his thunderous power to bail him out against the South African.
In round one the Briton was dropped an incredible three times which was in part due to a knee injury he suffered early on.
Having recovered to see out the session Dubois needed something special. Defeat would have been utterly disastrous.
In round two he switched on and boxed smart to avoid any further punishment all the while carrying a debilitating knee injury.
The power of Dubois exploded in the third when he, let rip at Lerena on the ropes ending any hope of an upset.
After the nightmare against Joyce this dramatic comeback proved that Dubois can, dig deep when called upon.
The events of round five will forever be used by Dubois and his team to tell anyone and everyone that the Londoner should have become the unified world heavyweight champion.
Ultimately, Dubois lost and lost comprehensively. After dropping Usyk in round five with the low blow he failed to capitalise on a moment that changed the personality of the fight. There was enough time to try and finish the job, but Dubois didn’t have the tools or the experience to do so. He chased, harried and tried to upset the rhythm of the champion who was now annoyed and wanted to hurt his opponent.
The chances of Dubois winning beforehand were slim to none so any memorable successes he had during the fight would have been remembered. Round five created a mini storm but it will eventually dry out. Dubois has now fought Joe Joyce and Oleksandr Usyk and lost on both occasions. What should be the focus of attention is how to keep Dubois mixing it with the best and not dropping down levels with the sole focus of adding another knockout win to his record.
Dubois could yet go on to win a world title but only when the current big four of the heavyweight division have left the sport.
The British fighter's net worth is reported to be around $1.9 million dollars.
Dubois is now working with veteran coach Don Charles who is best known for working with Derek Chisora in the past.
Dubois and Charles will be working their first fight together against Usyk.
Daniel Dubois' next fight will be confirmed once the dust has settled after the controversial defeat to Usyk.