Unbeaten British heavyweight sensation Daniel Dubois (13-0) steps into the ring tonight in his hometown of London for the last major fight of the year against Japan’s Kyotaro Fujimoto (21-1).
The Queensberry Promotion at the Copper Box Arena on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford gives the young Londoner an opportunity to register another explosive victory to further increase his standing in the complex and increasingly intriguing heavyweight landscape.
With major fights developing over the next six months (Wilder-Fury II, Joshua v Usyk or Pulev) plus the returning Dillian Whyte, a victory for Dubois will put him right in the picture. Promoter Frank Warren is moving Dubois at exactly the right pace, quietly building his record against solid opposition, certainly for a 22 year old, and capturing titles along the way. Dubois is currently British and Commonwealth champion, also holding secondary world sanctioning belts.
In the 33 year old Fujimoto, the Londoner faces a fighter with an inflated record against limited opposition. However, in the heavyweight division one solid shot can change the whole perspective of a fight and the Japanese is not to be underestimated. Despite this, look for Dubois to register a further knockout victory around the third round.
On a solid bill, world middleweight contender Liam Williams returns against Alantez Fox, from the USA and super featherweight Archie Sharp defends his WBO European title versus unbeaten Artjoms Ramlavs.
The evening is billed ‘The Fight before Christmas’ and is worthy of a decent walk up to see out the decade.