JEFF POWELL: The stock of Daniel Dubois is skyrocketing and judges now agree he is a world champion in the making… I personally place him seventh right now
- Daniel Dubois is now deemed eighth in the rankings by highly respected WBC
- The 23-year-old is rapidly making a name for himself and his stock is rising
- Dynamite Daniel had already been promoted from nowhere to No 3 by the WBO
- The south Londoner is tipped to soon challenge Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury
The sky-rocketing rise of Daniel Dubois towards a world heavyweight title challenge has been boosted further by his launching into the top ten of the WBC rankings.
This recognition for the hottest prospect in boxing’s marquee division comes at a time when the heavyweight ratings by the major sanctioning bodies are in a more diverse state of flux than for many a year.
Dynamite Daniel had already been promoted from nowhere to No 3 by the WBO.
If that was a mite premature for a 22-year-old after only 15 fights – albeit every one a victory and all but one by knock-out – his elevation to eighth by the highly respected WBC brings serious credibility to claims that he will be a threat to the established order of Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder as early as next summer.
Daniel Dubois’s stock is rising, as the 23-year-old makes a name for himself in boxing
Dubois has shot up the rankings, now deemed eighth by the highly respected WBC
Promoter Frank Warren has no doubts, saying: ‘Daniel against Joshua would be a great fight right now and actually I would give him the edge. Next year he will be more than ready.’
There can be no doubt that Dubois is one of the most lethal punchers in the ring today, that power reinforced by a concrete chin.
Those gifts have made it scarily difficult for his opponents thus far to survive enough rounds to give him the experience any young fighter needs.
Dubois seen coolly walking away after knocking out Kyotaro Fujimoto during the WBC Silver and WBO International Heavyweight Title fight in December 2019
Hopefully some of that will come with his British championship defence against silver Olympian Joe Joyce which is scheduled for London’s 02 on October 24, coronavirus permitting.
Even before that, he is shaking up the rankings. The extent of which is evident in the conflicting alpha-belt tables compiled below, as well as the Ring magazine assessment.
Personally, I also place Dubois seventh.
What most judges do agree upon is that this obsessively dedicated south Londoner with the sledgehammer fists is the young man is a world champion in the making.
TOP 10 HEAVYWEIGHT RANKING ACROSS VARIOUS SOURCES
JEFF POWELL’S TOP 10
1) Tyson Fury
2) Anthony Joshua
3) Deontay Wilder
4) Andy Ruiz jr
5) Luis Ortiz
6) Olexsandr Usyk
7) Daniel Dubois
8) Alexander Povetkin
9) Dillian Whyte
10) Kubrat Pulev
RING MAGAZINE’S TOP 10
8) Joseph Parker
9) Michael Hunter
10) Oscar Rivas
WBC’S TOP 10
9) Filip Hrgovic
WBA’S TOP 10
2) Manuel Charr
6) Adam Kownacki
7) Charles Martin
8) Chris Arreola
9) Agit Kabayel
10) Michael Hunter
IBF’S TOP 10
7) Filip Hrgovic
9) Tom Schwarz
WBO’S TOP 10
7) Junior Fa
9) Dereck Chisora
10) Evgeny Romanov
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