Daniel Dubois is setting no time limit on achieving his boxing ambitions.
At just 21 the Greenwich heavyweight is nowhere near his peak. But beating Nathan Gorman for the vacant British title on July 13 would push him further towards being a household name.
Bermondsey’s David Haye used to talk about being out of the sport by the age of 30 – but ended up rematching Tony Bellew when he was 37.
Asked about his own timescale, Dubois said: “I’m not really going to put a number on it.
“I’m focused just on doing the best I possibly can and the best possible fighter I can be.”
It seems unlikely that Dubois would defend the domestic crown three times to win a Lonsdale belt outright.
The placid-talking but vicious-hitting big man looks set to leap on to the world scene before then.
“I let my management team – Frank Warren [trainer], Martin Bowers [trainer and manager] and Tony Bowers – take care of who I am fighting. Then I take care of whoever is put in front of me.
“Whatever route they set out, then it is on.”
Gorman seems to have tried to land a few verbal digs on his fellow challenger in the build-up.
The Nantich puncher reckons he got the better of every sparring session when the duo were on the GB amateur squad.
“In terms of what he has said it bears no relevance in what is going to happen on the night,” said Dubois. “For me, this is my job.
“I’m really looking forward to taking care of business on the night. I want to show the skills and class that I have in abundance.”
Dubois recently went on the pads with former world champion Frank Bruno.
The Wandsworth man became a British ring legend as he took on the likes of Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis.
“My dad made me aware of him from an early age,” said Dubois. “He is an avid boxing fan and he collected a lot of newspaper clippings.
“He is a guy from the same area as myself and seeing him do well shows what can be achieved.
“It was really special meeting him and for my dad to meet him as well.”
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