An Interview with Daniel Dubois
By Will Lott
Young Greenwich born heavyweight Daniel Dubois will square off with domestic rival Nathan Gorman on 13th July, headlining the O2 for the British heavyweight title.
Ahead of his meeting against Gorman, Dubois spent some time training with former world heavyweight champion Frank Bruno in a public workout at the Peacock Gym. When I asked him about the experience he told me
“It felt good sharing the ring with him. He’s given me some tips and I’ll definitely be using them. I’ve taken on board what he said and I will implement it every time I step in the ring.”
Just three and a half weeks out from fight night, Dubois seems confident ahead of the toughest fight of his career to date.
“I’m feeling great. I’m confident and ready as ready can be. I’m ready now. I could go this weekend. Just a few weeks to go and now I am just counting down the days.”
Despite the back and forth between the two, prior to the fight being announced, Dubois appears calm without any real animosity towards Gorman.
“For me this is just business. It’s not personal. I’m going in there to do a job and I’m just raring to go.”
With regards to respect towards his opponent Dubois said
“None. I have no respect for him at all or any other fighter I have to step in the ring with. It’s not part of the sport. He is no different.”
With both fighters carrying power a stoppage seems inevitable come fight night. When asked whether it could go the distance Dubois stated
“We’ll see how it goes. If the stoppage presents itself I’m going to take it. I’m going for the kill. I’m not taking no prisoners. I’m going to have the same mentality I’ve had in all my previous fights.”
Despite being just 21 years of age and preparing for his 12th fight, Dubois has a fantastic chance of becoming British heavyweight champion on July 13th. Should he get past the test he is unsure what the future will hold.
“I’ll leave Frank Warren and my management team to work out my next move. There are a lot of guys out there now.”
Of course I had to ask Dubois’ opinion on Anthony Joshua’s upset defeat to Andy Ruiz and the potential of a rematch.
“I can’t say for sure whether AJ would win the rematch or not. It will definitely be an interesting night. I wonder what the whole attitude will be. In the end it’s going to come down to which man wants it the most on the night.”
For now though, Daniel Dubois will be staying focussed in camp waiting for the moment the lights go down on 13th July when he can put everything he has worked on into practice against Nathan Gorman.
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