Dubois: ‘I’d like to fight guys like Whyte to prove that I’m the best’


here cannot have been too many occasions when Derek Chisora has been seen as the voice of reason.

Chisora is no stranger to having been written off and bounced back, and Dubois – once the next best thing in heavyweight boxing – is trying to do just that after a humbling loss to Joe Joyce.

“I’ve learnt a lot from him – he’s come from loads of losses and come back so many times,” said Dubois. “The thing he told me is to make the comeback the best part of it. He’s still going on and marching into these wars so he’s definitely picked up some knowledge in the ring.”

In the six months since losing to Joyce, it has very much been a rebuild from the 23-year-old from Greenwich. As well as the physical recovery, there has been a mental one in terms of encountering a loss and the great and good of boxing from Carl Frampton to Dillian Whyte, who accused him of quitting.

Of those barbs, he said: “No, it wasn’t hard. In boxing, you need fighters to say things like that to maybe build up the fights in the future. It’s not something that I ever let distract me or hold me back.”

But surely the quitting comments – perhaps the ultimate insult to a fighter – took their toll, or at the least now act as a source of motivation going forward?

“No not really, but I would like to fight some of those guys like Dillian Whyte and prove I’m the best,” Dubois said. “It’s time to show that I’m back.”

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