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Dubois: I al­ways wanted to fight like Tyson... I can’t wait to see him again

- EX­CLU­SIVE BY MATT BOZEAT Sports · Boxing · Martial Arts · Mike Tyson · United Kingdom · Roy Jones Jr. · London · Frank Bruno · Cardiff · Beijing · Great Britain · Commonwealth of England · Lennox Lewis

KNOCK-OUT spe­cial­ist Daniel Dubois wants to be the new Mike Tyson – but says he won’t be fight­ing into his fifties like his boy­hood hero.

Dubois faces Joe Joyce in an ex­plo­sive show­down on Novem­ber 28 to de­cide Bri­tain’s next heavy­weight hope – and will then tune in to watch fifty-some­things Tyson and Roy Jones Jnr turn back the clock in their ex­hi­bi­tion fight.

“I’m def­i­nitely watch­ing that,” said the 23 year-old Lon­doner.

“My dad got me watch­ing box­ing when I was a boy and Mike Tyson was the first fighter I ever latched onto.

“Box­ing ended up tak­ing over my life. When I was an am­a­teur, I wanted to fight like Mike Tyson. I’m still try­ing! I’ve got some good knock­outs – but I want more. It’s go­ing to be amaz­ing to see him fight again.

“I would have liked to have seen him fight Jones when they were in their prime, but they were in dif­fer­ent weight classes and in dif­fer­ent eras.

“But if they still have a bit of the old magic left it will be worth watch­ing. Mike Tyson was al­ways my in­spi­ra­tion, but I will be long gone by the time I’m in my fifties. I will have re­tired by then.

“God will give me a sign when it’s time to walk away.”

As yet, Dubois hasn’t t put many miles on his clock lock be­cause he’s spent his three- and- a- half- year r pro ca­reer dish­ing out pun­ish­ment rather than tak­ing it.

He has 14 early wins in 15 fights – in­clud­ing 10 in­side two rounds – and said: “Fight­ers tell you there re are lots of se­crets be­hind ind a knock­out punch. For me, it’s magic ! It just hap­pens.

“Once I’m in a flow, it’s like magic. I don’t even think about it and the next thing, they are on the floor. It’s down to foot­work, tim­ing and the flow. It comes from nowhere.”

Be­tween them, Dubois and Joyce have 24 knock­outs in 26 fights and their huge clash for the Bri­tish, Com­mon­wealth and va­cant Euro­pean belts is among the most ea­gerly- an­tic­i­pated

FLOOR SHOW Daniel Dubois knocks down Ebenezer Tet­teh the Royal at

Al­ber t Hall last year do­mes­tic heavy­weight show­downs since Len­nox Lewis beat Frank Bruno in Cardiff 27 years ago.

Lewis and Bruno are both fans of Dubois af­ter see­ing him train with Martin Bow­ers at the Pea­cock gym – and he can pick up more ad­mir­ers with a dev­as­tat­ing de­mo­li­tion of Joyce.

“This fight is mas­sive,” said Dubois. “It’s the next step. This is my chance to prove I’m the best Bri­tish heavy­weight out there and I I’m m on my way to the world ti­tle.

“Th This fight will bring in a lot of view­ers who don’t usu­ally watch box­ing. This fight can raise my pro­file. There’s a per­son­al­ity clash and any­one who’s seen us knows it’s go­ing to be a great fight.

“I’m go­ing to land punches and keep land­ing them un­til he gives up. I will take him apart and knock him out.”

Joyce, sil­ver medal­list at the Bei­jing Olympics four years ago, is known for his gran­ite chin and high punch out­put and, to pre­pare for his tough­est test yet, Dubois has been spar­ring with new pro Solomon Dacres.

The for­mer Great Bri­tain am­a­teur spent a week spar­ring Dubois – and then said he was turn­ing pro with Joyce’s man­age­ment.

Bow­ers said: “Peo­ple are say­ing he was spy­ing on us. But what’s he go­ing to go and tell them? That Daniel is fit, strong and has great power? They knew that any­way.”

 ??  ?? HIT MEN Tyson lands a punch on Bruno, and Dubois squares up to Joyce ahead of their fight (right)
HIT MEN Tyson lands a punch on Bruno, and Dubois squares up to Joyce ahead of their fight (right)

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