Former heavyweight champion Frank Bruno has caused a stir by pronouncing his pick for the future of British boxing, and you’d be surprised to know that he’s not talking about current title-holder Anthony Joshua.
Bruno believes that Daniel Dubois (DDD) has the potential to go on and become a bigger star than Anthony Joshua in the modern era.
During the past three years, Joshua has risen to stardom, becoming arguably the face of British boxing and winning two titles in the process.
The 28-year- old Joshua (20-0) has so far made easy work of most of the fights that he has faced during his career and the only opponent that really provided him with a challenging contest was Wladimir Klitschko whom he defeated by TKO during the 11th round last year.
The 20-year- old Dubois has so far completed just several fights but Bruno has high hopes for his future.
“I think Daniel will be bigger than AJ,” Bruno told the Daily Mail. “Daniel is keen, thirsty, eager to learn and a nice, level-headed guy. He is a very, very good prospect and only needs to stay on his game, focused and hungry.”
At the moment, Dubois is setting his sights on becoming one of the youngest ever heavyweight world-champions, a record which is currently held by the legendary Mike Tyson who defeated Trevor Berbick in 1986 when he was just 20-years- old.
Though he cannot become the youngest ever heavyweight world champion as he is two months older than Tyson was when he claimed a strap, Dubois can become the youngest ever Brit to claim a strap and is in line to win a challenge for his first ever title.
The British Boxing Board are considering freezing their ban on fighters under the age of 21 competing for titles and this could mean that Dubois will get a title opportunity.