Daniel Dubois vs. Tom Little – Results
By Trevor McIntyre: Heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois (8-0, 8 KOs) picked up his eighth win of his pro career in stopping the limited journeyman Tom Little (10-6, 3 KOs) in the 5th round on Saturday night in a one-sided fight at the O2 Arena London, England.
The 20-year-old Dubois opened up with a blizzard of punches in round 5, resulting in the referee Terry O’Connor stepping in to stop the slaughter. The official time of the stoppage was at 0:58 of round 5.
Little, 30, was dropped in round 4 with a hard left to the midsection by Dubois. Little was able to get back to his feet, but he continued to take heavy punishment from Dubois, who fought like he was in no hurry whatsoever knockout Little.
The loss for Little was his second straight loss and his third since 2016. Little was knocked out quicker by 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Filip Hrgovic by a 4th round knockout in his last fight last January. The 26-year-old Hrgovic was in more of a hurry to try and knockout Little than the 6’5” Dubois was tonight. The 240 pound Dubois looked like he was trying to shoot for a highlight reel knockout. Dubois’ lack of hand speed and his plodding style of fighting allowed Little to hang around a little longer than he would have if he’d been facing someone with speed.
Dubois used his jab and right hand to control the fight in the first two rounds. Little was too busy taking shots and trying to defend for him to throw many punches in the first couple of rounds. The last thing Little wanted to do was to open up with his own artillery and get caught with something big. Little was caught by a tremendous left to the head in the opening round that got his attention. Little tried to play it off as if he wasn’t shook up by the shot, but he clearly was.
In round 2, Dubois started getting with more shots on Little, who took them well but he looked rattled. Little was just covering up with his turtle defense, hoping that Dubois would stop punching long enough for him to land some of his own shots. Dubois connected with some hurtful shots to the body and head in that round that had Little thinking twice about coming out from his shell. The power on Dubois’ shots was impressive. He was really putting his weight behind his shots, and the only reason Little survived the rounds is because he was covering up well and bracing for the shots.
In round 4, Dubois dug to the body with a left that dropped Little hard on the canvas. To his credit, Little got back up and continued to fight back, but it was clearly that he wasn’t going to last too much longer. Near the end of the round, Dubois landed a low blow that had Little upset and complaining about it. It didn’t matter even if the referee had warned Dubois. Little wasn’t going to last too much longer.
Ohara Davies (18-1, 14 KOs) knocked out WBC International champion Paul Kamanga (21-2, 12 KOs) in round two.