In an Interview with Seconds Out at the Dubois vs Tetteh final press conference, Frank Warren said that he rated his 21-year-old heavyweight prospect, Daniel Dubois, as belonging in the world's top 6 right now. This might surprise some boxing insiders because Dubois has yet to face an opponent occupying a top ten position. Warren also stated that it was his opinion that if Dubois were to be matched with Joyce right now, he thinks Dubois would win that fight.
Joyce might not enjoy hearing his promoter stating that he's not even the second-best heavyweight under contract to Warren's Queensbury Boxing Promotions Company at present. Warren also represents Tyson Fury who is generally regarded as one of the top 3 heavyweights in the world. Joyce won a unanimous decision over former world title challenger Bryant Jennings in his last fight on 13th July and is awaiting news on a co-challenger for the vacant EBU title so is statistically ahead of his stalemate in the race to a world heavyweight title shot.
Dubois faces Ghanaian Ebenezer Tetteh for the vacant Commonwealth title at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday (27th September), and although he has only 12 professional bouts to his name he is fast approaching that time when he will have to face a highly ranked, world-rated contender. How he would fare against the likes of Joseph Parker, Kubrat Pulev, Oscar Rivas, Luis Ortiz, Alexander Povetkin or Michael Hunter is open to interpretation but Warren firmly believes that the native of Greenwich in South London is the finest heavyweight prospect out there.
Of Dubois's 12 victims, only USA based Romanian Razvan Cojanu had fought for the world title and he was on a losing streak when Daniel knocked him out in 2 rounds in March. Dubois's best win to date was in his last contest when he stopped Nathan Gorman for the British heavyweight title in 5 rounds. Gorman was unbeaten going into the fight but Dubois proved to be the superior boxer and athlete.
Warren certainly is right that Dubois is moving fast towards world title contention but there are flaws in his style that trainer Martin Bower will still be working on as he steps up the levels, so putting him in with the likes of Povetkin or Parker could prove a mistake anytime too soon.
Perhaps Bryant Jennings would fancy his chances of upsetting Dubois, which might be a good test and at the same time we could compare Dubois against Joyce.