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Can Kyotaro Fujimoto cope with Daniel Dubois?

Daniel Dubois
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Kyotaro Fujimoto tackles fearsome puncher Daniel Dubois at the Copper Box on Saturday

THE Daniel Dubois train will rumble on at the Copper Box, on Saturday (December 21) against 33-year-old Japanese visitor Kyotaro Fujimoto, whose 21-1 record is padded with a long list of limited opponents. Like just about every other victim for Dubois, Fujimoto will not really know what has hit him as soon as the big 22-year-old finds his groove. Only one of his 13 vanquished opponents to date has made it any further than the fifth round and once-beaten Fujimoto is unlikely to see the second half of this heavyweight 12-rounder.

One of Britain’s most avoided fighters, Liam Williams, has a tough test in the form of Maryland’s Alantez Fox in the pick of the undercard action. The pair clash in an eliminator for the WBO middleweight title currently held by Demetrius Andrade, who is the only man to have beaten Fox so far. The 27-year-old dropped a unanimous decision in October 2017 but has rebuilt with victories in a trio of eight-rounders since.

Williams, meanwhile, has looked at home since stepping up from super-welter and a streak of stoppages, including Mark Heffron, Joe Mullender and Karim Achour in his last three outings, has made him a reasonably comfortable favourite in this one. A Williams decision over 12 looks like the smartest bet.

It should be a similar story for Sunny Edwards when he takes on Merseysider Marcel Braithwaite for the vacant British super-flyweight title. At just 23 years old, the 13-0 Edwards has emerged as one of the very best prospects in Britain and his silky talent will ensure he joins brother Charlie at world level. The youngster is currently rated inside the top 10 by both the IBF and WBO and he will be looking to make a statement against Braithwaite, who won the English belt with a majority decision over Craig Derbyshire just two months ago.

Daniel Dubois
Dubois is a frightening puncher Action Images/Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

This Queensberry promotion will be shown on BT Sport 1 (UK) and ESPN+ (US).

Also on Saturday night:

JERMELL CHARLO finally gets his chance at revenge over Tony Harrison, who relieved the Texan of his WBC super-welterweight title via a shock unanimous decision in New York 12 months back. Since that night, Charlo has stopped Jorge Cota inside three rounds and is desperate to get his belt back from the Detroit man. Harrison has not boxed since winning the crown but insists the result in the first fight has left Charlo “broken”. Harrison might just have Charlo’s number and another points win seems to be on the cards at the Toyota Arena in Ontario. TGB promote and FOX Sports 1 televise.

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  • Call this terrible mismatch for what it is, the Japanese will get knocked out inside around, boxing news tiptoeing around the issue is a sorry sight to behold

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