New British heavyweight champion Daniel Dubois attempts to add the vacant Commonwealth title to his collection when he takes on Ghanaian Ebenezer Tetteh at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday 27th September.
Fresh off the biggest win of his 12 fight career, a 5th round stoppage of Nathan Gorman for the British title on July 13th, Greenwich's Dubois is treading the well-trodden path of British, Commonwealth and European title success as a way of attaining both the experience and ranking needed to get a crack at the world heavyweight title.
Promoter Frank Warren is an astute judge of a fighter's development and it's good to see the reigns being applied to Dubois who could probably go up against much better opposition right now, but he needs time to refine his skills and get a decent number of fights against all kinds of opposition before he mixes with the world's elite heavyweights.
Tetteh is unbeaten in 19 fights with 16 knockouts, but having watched his fights on Youtube, he is similar in skill level to another Ghanian heavyweight that Dubois faced before the Gorman bout, Richard Lartey. He likes to come forward and force the fight, a tactic that could lead to an early ending against Dubois. The 31-year-old from Accra is open to the right hand over a plodding jab and Dubois has a potent right hand.
Tetteh is not used to boxing in front of large crowds, and the opposition he has faced have not been able to take him out of his stride, or force him on to the back foot, something that he is sure to experience against the powerful and well-schooled Dubois.
This will be another good learning experience for the Greenwich man, having already beaten former world title challengers Kevin "Kingpin" Johnson and Romania's Razvan Cojanu and the very useful Nathan Gorman, I doubt that Tetteh will pose a real threat to the 21-year-old who is managed and trained by Martin Bowers of the Peacock Gym in Silvertown, East London.
Daniel needs to take his time and box smartly without taking unnecessary risks and he will find himself 13-0 by the end of the evening.
Prediction: Dubois to stop Tetteh within 4 rounds.