Un­beaten Dubois is ‘man on a mis­sion’ go­ing into Tet­teh title fight

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Subject - By Gareth A Davies BOX­ING COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Daniel Dubois has de­clared him­self “a man on a mis­sion” as he chal­lenges un­beaten Ebenezer Tet­teh for the va­cant Com­mon­wealth heavy­weight title at Lon­don’s Royal Al­bert Hall tonight.

Dubois, thrilled at the prospect of adding the Com­mon­wealth crown to his Bri­tish title, plans on trad­ing leather with the heavy­hit­ting Ghana­ian, who is un­beaten in 19 fights with 16 knock­outs. He said: “It’s my job to come through in style. I haven’t stud­ied Tet­teh. I just want to fight and win.”

Dubois, 22, is pow­er­ful with both hands and has a 12-0 record. Last week he was voted Young Boxer of the Year by the Bri­tish Box­ing Writ­ers’ Club, the first heavy­weight since Her­bie Hide in 1993 to win the ac­co­lade.

“Ev­ery chal­lenge brings some­thing dif­fer­ent and I get bet­ter each time I fight. I be­lieve I am world class and it is only a mat­ter of time be­fore I am up there with the big names. I am a man on a mis­sion and not go­ing to be stopped. I’m look­ing for fire­works and a dev­as­tat­ing per­for­mance,” he said. Pro­moter Frank War­ren is call­ing Dubois “the best young heavy­weight in the world”. “It’s a bur­den I have put on him,” said War­ren. “We know he has power, but Daniel can box. He is not just a cum­ber­some club­ber. He is the best young heavy­weight I’ve been in­volved in.”

War­ren has even gone as far as to

Big am­bi­tions: Daniel Dubois wants to beat Ghana’s Ebenezer Tet­teh in style com­pare the fighter’s jab with that of Larry Holmes, the for­mer heavy­weight great, who reigned for over seven years, and 19 de­fences, be­hind an im­pe­ri­ous jab which he was renowned for.

“The Larry Holmes com­pli­ment is great to have, es­pe­cially from Frank,” said Dubois. “He has been in the busi­ness a long time and knows what he’s talk­ing about.”

Also tonight, two-time Olympic cham­pion Nicola Adams will de­fend her World Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion fly­weight title against ex­pe­ri­enced Mex­i­can Maria Sali­nas.

Adams has made slow progress, turn­ing pro­fes­sional af­ter Rio 2016 and reach­ing 5-0. She was re­cently up­graded to WBO in­terim cham­pion af­ter holder Arely Mu­cino was ruled out with a long-term in­jury.

“I’ll be ner­vous on fight night, but it is good to be back,” said Adams, out for 11 months. “If I wasn’t ner­vous it would mean I am un­der­es­ti­mat­ing my op­po­nent.

“I have been spar­ring with Kid Gala­had [Barry Awad] who is re­ally dif­fi­cult to hit. If I can land on him I can land on any­body. I want to unify the fly­weight di­vi­sion and this is the first step in the right di­rec­tion. It means a lot to box at the Royal Al­bert Hall where my hero Muham­mad Ali did. It is spe­cial.”

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