Boxing Results: Daniel Dubois stops Joe Cusumano in 1st round
By Jeff Aronow: Highly-rated heavyweight contender Daniel Dubois (17-1, 16 KOs) kept himself in line for a world title shot with a sparkingly first round knockout win over the always tough Juiseppe Angelo Cusumano (19-4, 17 KOs) last Sunday night
in his U.S debut at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio.
(Photo credit: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME)
Although the 23-year-old Dubois had to walk through some heavy shots from the 33-year-old American Cusumano, he took them well in the process of scoring three knockdowns in the short one-round blowout.
The fight was scheduled for 10 rounds and was thought to go much longer than one round, but as Dubois commented afterward, “I don’t get paid for overtime.”
Daniel Dubois looking powerful
Dubois dropped Cusumano repeatedly with right hands to the head, putting him down three times before the fight was stopped.
In the final knockdown, Dubois unloaded with a storm of heavy shots to take him out. The contest was stopped at 2:10 of round one.
The victory for the 6’5″ Dubois was his second consecutive early knockout since losing to 2016 Olympic silver medalist Joe Joyce in a 10th round eye-injury caused stoppage last November.
“I had a great performance and had the best training camp ever. I want to fight for a world title. And I want to fight the best. It’s going to come soon. Whoever’s next. And I want to fight for a world title.”
“I wanted to go for the kill. I wanted him to get back up so I could do it again,” said Dubois to BT Sport Boxing about wanting Cusumano to get back up to continue fighting after being dropped for the third time.
“And I love this,” Dubois continued. “This was just my debut; this is just the beginning. I’ve got a lot more to come.
Dubois is ready for a world title shot
“I want big titles, big names so I can push on. Definitely, who has the belts and will get me to those fights? I want them,” Dubois said when asked if he’d like to challenge WBA ‘regular’ heavyweight champion Trevor Bryan next.
“You have to ask for my guy Frank [Warren], but as soon as possible. I want to be active, and that’s how you get better. A wins a win,” said Dubois when asked how he feels bouncing back from his loss to Joe Joyce last November.
“When you lose, you feel depressed and feel bad. When you win, you feel great. I’m on the top of the world right now,” said Dubois.
“It was a sensational debut in the States. The crowd loved him and had great applaud for him, so it’s good,” said promoter Frank Warren, who talked about his fighter Dubois’ debut in the U.S.
“It’s good. I thought it was going to go much longer, but he caught him with some good shots. He’s such a powerful puncher. He knew what he had to do, and he’s won the people over in the States. So now we have to capitalize on that and try and get the WBA to order the fight with Trevor Bryan.
“That’s the fight we want, and get it out before the end of the year,” said Warren in hoping he can get Dubois a title shot against WBA champion Trevor Bryan.
Let’s see if the World Boxing Association will order the fight between Trevor Bryan and the #1 ranked WBA contender Dubois.
Bryan, 32, captured the vacant WBA ‘regular’ title last January, stopping 42-year-old Bermane Stiverne in the 11th round to win the belt.
Thus far, the American Bryan has never fought a high-caliber heavyweight during his 10-year professional career. It’ll be interesting to see how Bryan does against a quality heavyweight like Dubois if the WBA orders the fight this year.
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