By Huck Allen: Unbeaten #1 WBA contender Daniel Dubois (18-1, 17 KOs) utilized his superior power & size to defeat WBA ‘regular’ heavyweight champion Trevor Bryan (22-1, 15 KOs) by a fourth-round knockout at the Casino Miami Jai-Alai.
In the fourth, Dubois landed a hard left hook that stunned him. Dubois then followed with a chopping right to the head that sent Bryan down. The fight was then halted at 1:58 of the round.
Bryan was a massive disappointment in the fight because he was throwing only token shots and doing nothing to keep the 24-year-old Dubois off him.
Dubois connected with a well-placed right hand in the fourth round to put the 32-year-old Bryan down. Although Bryan bravely tried to rise to his feet, but his legs failed him while getting back up.
Dubois had Bryan in trouble late in the third after landing a scorching right hand to the head that stuck the fight out of him. In the remaining seconds of the third, Dubois threw everything but the kitchen sink at Bryan but failed to get him out of there.
There wasn’t much action in the first two rounds from both fighters. Dubois seemed overly cautious and arguably gave Bryan too much respect.
However, in the last 15 seconds of round two, Dubois came alive suddenly and landed a handful of powerful shots when he trapped Bryan against the ropes.
In the third round, Dubois stalked Bryan around the ring, battering him with shots whenever he stopped moving. Bryan loaded up on a tremendous right hand late in the round but missed by a mile.
It was the type of shot that would have gotten Dubois’ attention had it landed. Surprisingly, Bryan just shelled up in the last part of the round, allowing Dubois to hurt him with a right hand.
Dubois was like a shark that smelled blood, tearing into the hurt Bryan with ripping punches to the head and body. Bryan showed a good chin and surprisingly excellent head movement to stay out of the way of some of Dubois’ best punches as the round closed.
All in all, it was a good performance by Dubois tonight. He’s now the WBA ‘regular’ heavyweight champion, and he could potentially get some exciting fights, but probably not against any of the popular heavyweights.
Dubois’ WBA ‘regular’ isn’t prestigious enough for him to get any of the notable fighters like Anthony Joshua, Oleksandr Usyk, Deontay Wilder, or Andy Ruiz Jr. to fight him. He might as well be holding the interim WBA title because his ‘regular’ belt probably won’t help him get any of the big names to fight him.