Daniel Dubois ready for world title shot with victory over Joe Joyce

Daniel Dubois is a young man in a hurry and claims he will be ready for a world title shot after tonight’s showdown with Joe Joyce.

Dubois’ Battle of Britain with his former amateur team-mate at Westminster’s Church House will only be his 16th pro fight.

Yet the 23-year-old insists he has enough experience and he had 75 amateur fights, winning 69 of them, after starting boxing at the age of nine.

Anthony Joshua, who didn’t lace up his first pair of gloves until his late teens, won his first world title in his 16th fight.

Dubois, who is ranked No 2 by the WBO, is determined to show the world he is ready to fight for boxing’s biggest prize by putting on a show against Joyce.

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“I can send out a statement to the rest of the heavyweight division,” said the unbeaten British and Commonwealth champ.

“It’s the right fight for me at the right time. A great challenger in Joe, who could have been an Olympic gold medallist.

“It’s perfect, there are great titles on the line and this is my next step towards fighting for a world title.

“In my next fight after this one, they could throw me in for a world title. I believe I would be ready. If they gave me a shot, I’d take it. I feel ready for it. This is my calling. This is what I’ve been working towards since I was a little kid.”

Dubois’ self-belief should not be confused with arrogance and he just has supreme confidence in his ability.

He has improved after every fight and he is more than just a punching machine.

Trainer Martin Bowers has schooled him in picking the right shot at the right time and he has a piston of a jab.

His jab will be key to controlling tonight’s clash with the undefeated Joyce, who is banking on his greater experience to beat the “young pup” as he calls him.

Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce after weighing in

Their showdown has originally due to take place in April and Dubois feels the delay will have hurt the 35-year-old Joyce, who will be without his trainer Ismael Salas after he tested positive for coronavirus.

“He’s slowing right down I believe and that’s going to play into my hands, although I’m ready to fight the best Joe Joyce,” he said.

“He’s an old man and I’m going to show him that on the night.

“I see it like this; someone’s 0 has got to go and it’s going to be Joe’s.”

Joyce feels he has the measure of Dubois, despite being an underdog with the bookies, because he got the better of their spars when they were GB team-mates at Sheffield six years ago.

The 2016 Olympic silver medallist insists he can take Dubois’ big right hands and predicts a ninth-round KO.

“I’ve taken enough flush shots from people over the years,” said Joyce. “He’s definitely powerful, but he has to hit me, hasn’t he?

“He’s forgetting one thing, I’m going to be hitting back and can he take it on his whiskers?

“The winner is going to be Joe Joyce by a KO, possibly in the later rounds, say round nine?”

Dubois v Joyce is live and exclusive on BT Sport 1 HD from 7.30pm

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