Daniel Dubois Ready for his Title Shot at Oleksandr Usyk
Without question, Regular WBA heavyweight champion “Dynamite” Daniel Dubois (19-1, 18 KO’s) has had his fair share of criticism. After retiring on his stool versus Joe Joyce, he was flat-out written off by a large segment of the boxing community. Yet, four fights and four knockouts later, he has worked himself into position to face unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk (20-0, 13 KO’s) on August 26.
As one would expect, there are still a great many folks who give Dynamite zero a chance at victory. These detractors are fuel for boxers. Although Dubois told iFL TV he is already far too motivated to even think about the chatter from the sidelines.
“Well, of course motivation-wise, I don’t need more than fighting for the unified titles. I don’t need anymore. These guys can say what they want, I don’t want to even go into that. No negativity or any of that shit! I’m just ready for a fight, I am ready to win and I am coming to give my all.”
THE WINDS OF FORTUNE
The August 26 duel will stand as Dubois’ first fight of the year. His last match was against Kevin Lerena on December 3. The Lerena prizefight was actually the first defense of his Regular WBA title which he initially snatched away from Trevor Bryan back on June 11, 2022. Obviously, a win over the much more celebrated former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk would transform his career and reputation overnight. Not to mention his bargaining power at the negotiation table.
If given his way, Usyk would have preferred to go head-to-head with WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. Sadly for Usyk and the boxing world, the two teams simply could not agree on terms, which ultimately led to the bout falling apart. Now it’s being reported that Fury will face UFC star Francis Ngannou. Clearly this disappointing turn of events allowed Dubois to get his shot, now let’s see what he does with it!