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In review: Daniel Dubois’ explosive 2019

The much-anticipated all-British bout between Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce is finally set to go ahead. The fight between the unbeaten heavyweights, which will take place on November 28th, has been branded ‘At Last’ by promoter Frank Warren, who also recently confirmed that the clash will not be on pay-per-view, after the coronavirus pandemic postponed the bout on three separate occasions.

23-year-old Triple D, who is 12 years younger than his opponent Joyce, is considered to be Britain’s, and the heavyweight division’s, next big thing, and the Dubois vs Joyce odds reflect this. However, if you still need some convincing, then let’s take a look at his last five bouts. Read on to find out more!

Răzvan Cojanu – KO (10-0)

After American Kevin Johnson became the first man to take Dubois the distance at the Leicester Arena in October 2018, Triple D returned to the ring in March 2019 – taking on Romania’s Răzvan Cojanu at London’s Royal Albert Hall, and he was back to his knockout best. In the second round, with Cojanu against the ropes, Dubois unleashed a frenzy of powerful shots to the Romanian’s head and body, and as a result dropped his opponent to the canvas. An attempt to get back to his feet proved unsuccessful, and the bout was stopped two minutes and 48 seconds into the second round. As a result, Dubois racked up a professional record of 10-0 and added the vacant WBO European heavyweight title to his repertoire.

Richard Lartey – KO (11-0)

There was no time for Dubois to reflect on his win against Cojanu, as just over one month later he returned to the ring to go toe-to-toe with Ghanaian Richard Lartey. The April bout headlined the Wembley Arena fight night, and after trading blow-for-blow in the first few rounds, Triple D dispatched of his opponent with a powerful right hand in the fourth. As a result, Dubois, now boasting a record of 11-0, was the recipient of the vacant WBO Global heavyweight title.

Nathan Gorman – KO (12-0)

Dubois’ next bout was an all-British encounter with Nathan Gorman at the O2 Arena on July 13th. Triple D first had his opponent, who was cheered on ringside by his cousin, and heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, on the mat in the third round, but had to wait until the fifth before an almighty whack to the temple of Gorman finally put the bout to an end. Dubois also added the vacant British heavyweight title to his ranks.

“I was very confident in my power,” Dubois said afterwards. “I felt him fading.

“I just need to keep working and every fight is a learning fight for me.”

Ebenezer Tetteh – TKO (13-0)

It was another Ghanaian opponent for Dubois in his next bout, and another straightforward victory for the Londoner. The September 2019 fight was Tetteh’s first outside of his homeland and he was visibly nervous as he entered the Royal Albert Hall ring – even forgetting to put his gumshield as the first bell rang. The bout was short-lived, as Dubois knocked down his opponent twice before the referee brought it to an end inside the first round. Dubois was awarded the vacant Commonwealth and WBO International heavyweight belt, as a result.

Kyotaro Fujimoto – KO (14-0)

Dubois’ fifth, and final, fight of 2019 was against Japan’s Kyotaro Fujimoto, and it was another dominant display from Triple D. The Londoner dropped Fujimoto with a jab in the second round, and shortly after he put an end to the bout with a trademark right hook – which left the Japanese boxer needing medical attention inside the ring. In victory, Dubois retained his WBO Heavyweight title and added the vacant WBC Silver belt to his hefty collection – which includes eight different belts from his 14 professional fights.

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