Anthony Joshua Gives Dubois a Chance To Win, But Feels It’s a “Tough Ask”

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Former two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is giving countryman Daniel Dubois a shot at pulling off a major upset on Saturday night, when he faces Oleksandr Usyk.

Dubois, the mandatory challenger, will attempt to capture the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO titles when he collides with Usyk in Poland.

Uysk is coming off back-to-back wins over Joshua.

In 2021, Usyk captured the unified crown with a twelve round decision win over Joshua. The following year, Usyk retained the belts with another twelve round decision victory in their contracted rematch.

While Joshua gives Dubois a shot to win, he fully admits that it’s going to be a difficult task to achieve.

“Of course [Dubois] has [a chance to win],” Joshua told Sky Sports News. “It’s a tough ask, of course.

“The thing with Usyk is. He doesn’t depend on his power to knock you out. He depends on his skill. That’s why it’s a tough ask. Because he’s going to box rings around you if you let him.

“Dubois, good luck, Don Charles [Dubois’ new trainer] good luck, Great British boxing good luck. We potentially might have the heavyweight championship back on our soil.”

Dubois was training for some time with Shane McGuigan. They parted ways earlier this year. Dubois would later hire veteran coach Don Charles.

Several years ago, Charles was part of the training team for Derek Chisora, who gave Usyk a difficult fight in 2020.

According to Dubois, he’s gone through the toughest training camp of his pro career.

“I’m ready. I’ve suffered in training camp. I’ve done all of that. I’m ready now. I’ve prepared. I’ve left no stone unturned. I’m ready, I’m confident. I’m just ready to go now,” Dubois said.


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