Daniel Dubois is back in the UK after his successful Stateside mission to take the WBA world heavyweight championship belt from Trevor Bryan and he now has a couple of big domestic targets firmly in his sights.
The 24-year-old Greenwich fighter, along with his promoter Frank Warren, called into the talkSPORT studios today to reflect on his title-winning exploits before heading off for a celebratory meal where future plans were due to be mapped out.
Dubois conceded that he had installed himself as heavy favourite against Bryan before a blow was even landed and he views his triumph as a gateway towards some huge collisions, not least the winner of the forthcoming Oleksandr Usyk-Anthony Joshua rematch.
His newly-won WBA champion status means he will be called upon to fight the unified champion when his mandatory turn comes around and Dubois insists he is more than ready to take the plunge into the elite heavyweight pool.
“I heard a lot of people say it and even though I thought it was a foregone conclusion I would win the fight, that fight was very big,” said Dubois, who has won 11 championship belts as a professional. “It has set up a whole load of other matches down the line that are going to happen.
“This is what we are in this sport for, along with my dad and everyone who has been behind me from the beginning, this is what I’ve been pushing for. Now it is ahead of me, these big challenges are going to come,” he added, before being questioned on whether a fight with Usyk or Joshua appeals.
“Oh yeah, I am ready for the winner, line them up! I am waiting for this moment, I would prefer it to be Joshua, but whoever it is, it is the big league.
“I want to get a few more fights under my belt, with that belt, and defend it to really make my mark and leave a legacy as a champion.”
Frank Warren then threw the name of Dillian Whyte into the mix for a potential defence of his new belt and it was a suggestion that found favour with his young heavyweight star.
“That’s the fight,” he said. “This is all business, there is no disrespect to anyone but I am coming to clean up and take out whoever is in my way.”
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