Destiny awaits: Dubois & Yarde presser

Paul Zanon
29/07/2017 2:37pm

Paul Zanon reports from the Daniel Dubois / Anthony Yarde press conference from earlier this week, as both men prepare to do battle on the undercard of the Billy Joe Saunders vs Willie Monroe Jr middleweight clash...

16 September 2016 at the Copper Box – make a note in your diaries, because that’s when heavyweight ‘Dynamite’ Daniel Dubois and light heavy sensation Anthony Yarde will be up next, looking to defend and extend their collection of belts.

Dubois, who has only amassed around nine minutes of ring time in his destructive four-fight CV, will be facing Brixton’s AJ Carter for the vacant Southern Area heavyweight title. When asked about who he would like to be fighting within the UK in the next 12 months, both Dubois and trainer Martin Bowers commented, "Let’s concentrate on Carter first."

There’s a menacing air of calm that surrounds Dubois. He speaks very little and very softly. If you didn’t know he was a boxer, you could easily think he’s a soft touch as a character. However, the Deptford lad seems to be the real deal.

His last opponent, Mauricio Barragan, entered the ring with a very respectable 15-1 record, but was - in all honesty - a light heavyweight-cum-cruiserweight. That in itself sends out a stern message: "If you’re not a fully fledged heavyweight, don’t get in the ring with Daniel Dubois."

And if you are? Good luck!

AJ Carter has secured six knockouts in his eight wins (against three losses), so there’s potential for a few fireworks to be exchanged. However, in reality, Dubois should steamroll Carter out of the contest in the early rounds. Having beaten Barragan to become the WBC World Youth Heavyweight champion, Dubois intends to add his second belt within five fights, to his cabinet.

Sitting alongside Dubois was Anthony Yarde, who recently claimed the WBO European title from Richard Baranyi, after a mere 2 minutes 28 seconds of the first round, thus adding stoppage number 11 in 12 fights to date.

Unlike Dubois, Yarde is yet to be matched with an opponent for 16 September. The (unconfirmed) boxer who will eventually face him at the Copper Box seems like a mere formality, as the focus of the presser pointed towards a future showdown with the affable Frank Buglioni, who holds the coveted light heavyweight British title.

That said, promoter Frank Warren did say that whoever Yarde fights on the 16th  "will be ranked higher than Buglioni in the rankings".

Sounds like great baiting material to entice Buglioni ... alongside the rumoured £100,000 purse which has been offered to 'The Wise Guy' to take the fight against Yarde.

With regards to any interest in a fight against Hosea Burton, Warren commented, "Why would we? Burton got knocked out by Frank Buglioni."

Warren then added, "the best want to fight the best," while stating that if the fight was to happen against Buglioni, it wouldn’t be until October, by which time Yarde’s ranking of number eight with the WBO should have risen to number three. Buglioni vs Yarde is certainly a great match-up in the making.

And if the prospect of seeing Dubois and Yarde in action doesn’t light your fight, then the headline act of Billy Joe Saunders against Willie Munroe Jr certainly should. The pre-fight hype is creating the scene for a real grudge match and with both fighters having been far from active in the last 12 months, it could be a battle of the ring rust for Saunders’ WBO world middleweight crown.