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Daniel Dubois looks forward to making the next decade his era

Daniel Dubois
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In the final part of the series, in his own words Daniel Dubois takes aim at becoming the recognised world leader in boxing

As a fighter, I didn’t go to the Olympics, I didn’t feel there was any choice I have to complete the mission and get the world title.

I feel like I’ve been a pro since the day I started boxing… It’s a simple game but you can’t skip the basics, you can’t skip being a top fighter. You can’t skip the ground work, you can’t skip the groundwork.

I turned pro, went to Martin Bowers and Frank Warren is doing a great job.

That’s the aim of the game [becoming a professional world champion]. There’s no two ways about it. That’s the goal. I’ve got to work at it. It’s not easy being heavyweight champion of the world, it’s one of the hardest sports in the world. So having to be the world champion is not going to be easy. I feel the experience I have, I know I’m getting closer [to a world title fight but] I don’t think about it like that. It’s all a matter of time before I’m in there with the big names, big showdowns, big fights.

Before you know it, you’re going to be knocking at the door for world titles.

The years just fly past. You don’t really get time to think. You’re in it, it’s all systems go, the years just roll by. It’s been three years already professional, another three years, four. Time flies. This year especially has gone really quickly. Fight by fight, a couple of months and we’re back in the ring. I can’t complain really because what else would I be doing? I just have to sharpen up my game, improve. I’ve been on a platform showing my skills so I can’t complain.

Daniel Dubois
Daniel Dubois is an imposing force Action Images/Adam Holt
[The Nathan Gorman fight,] honestly I didn’t have time to look back on it. It’s all systems go ahead, you don’t get time to admire your work until you’re world champion.

It’s definitely going to be a magical moment. A magical moment. [Fighting for a world title] I can’t put into words how I’m going to feel being in that situation. I’ll just be coming to win my fight, be the champion of the world.

When I get the opportunity, bam, I’m taking it, get myself out there as the recognised world leader in boxing.

Anyone can punch hard, it’s about accuracy. But who’s the hardest hitter in boxing? I don’t know. I feel like I’m a real hard puncher, so why not Daniel Dubois.

But the best boxer pound for pound in my family is Caroline, without a doubt. Her record speaks for itself, she’s undefeated, won titles that I can’t even spell out.

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