Daniel Dubois open to Joseph Parker fight
By Charles Brun: Daniel Dubois (13-0, 12 KOs) is volunteering to face former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (26-2, 21 KOs) after hearing that his promoter os unable to get him fights. The 22-year-old British/Commonwealth champion Dubois is willing to give him a fight.
There are a lot of boxing fans who would have Dubois as the favorite in a fight against Parker. The size, jab and the overall power of Dubois would make it tough on Parker. Although Parker has a win over Andy Ruiz Jr. in 2016, it was a controversial victory in a fight that took place in New Zealand.
The New Zealand fighter Parker isn’t the only guy that Dubois is targeting. Dubois is also interested in fighting Joe Joyce, Oleksandr Usyk, Alexander Povetkin and Adam Kownacki
Parker, 27, has been chasing a fight against Dereck Chisora recently. They were scheduled to face each other last October, but Parker pulled out saying that he’d been bitten by a spider. It was a mistake on Parker’s part in not sticking it out, because he’s been unable to reschedule with Chisora, who is in negotiations to face Oleksandr Usyk.
Dubois showing courage volunteering to fight Parker
“Someone told me yesterday that Parker was annoyed that his promoter can’t get him fights. As the busiest Heavyweight in boxing, I’d be happy to give him work,” said Dubois.
Parker, #4 WBO, #7 WBC & #14 IBF, has the rankings that Dubois is eager to get. He needs to be pushed up the rankings for him to get a title shot. Right now, Dubois is ranked #9 WBO, #15 IBF. With a victory over Parker, Dubois would win up in the top five with the World Boxing Organization.
Parker has power, movement and excellent boxing skills. This would be an interesting fight for Dubois to see if he can defeat a top tier guy. As long as Dubois’ promoter Frank Warren is on board with him facing Parker, it would be a great fight.
Parker is with Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, so he would need to give the green light for the match. It would be a much different fight for Parker to face the 6’5″ Dubois compared to the 6’2″ Chisora. Parker might not have the same eagerness to share the ring with Dubois like he has for Chisora.
Next month, Dubois is facing #12 WBA Kyotaro Fujimoto (21-1, 13 KOs) on December 21 at the Copper Box Arena in London, England. This will be a step up for Dubois, as he’ll be facing his first contender in the top 15.
Daniel Dubois keeping a close eye on other heavyweights
“I’m always watching. Those are the 4 biggest names in the sport, but also Usyk, Kownacki, Parker, Povetkin… Everyone has an opinion on who I should fight,” said Dubois.
It’ll be tough for Dubois to get any of the top contenders to give him a fight if he continues to look impressive. In Dubois’ recent fights, he’s stopped the following guys:
- Ebenezer Tetteh
- Richard Lartey
- Razvan Cojanu
- Nathan Gorman