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