IF the victory over Nathan Gorman represented the night Daniel Dubois established himself as a heavyweight of potentially the highest calibre, his most recent, in the first round over Ebenezer Tetteh at Kensington’s Royal Albert Hall, demonstrated the extent to which he is ready to be fast-tracked.
The relative gamble of matching him with Gorman is ultimately continuing to deliver. But the greatest short-term challenge that will confront his promoter Frank Warren and trainer Martin Bowers involves incrementally increasing the quality of his opposition.The heavyweight division may be more appealing than at any time since Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson finally fought but it remains shallow, and therefore forces those pursuing its biggest names to risk significant leaps in ability without the experience they would ideally already have secured.
That the 31-year-old Tetteh, from Accra, Ghana, was and will remain so unremarkable may have influenced Dubois’ demeanour, but the promising 22-year-old carried a confidence absent before the night he stopped Gorman. His increasing authority and conviction might even mean he may need to be reined in.He almost instantly landed a powerful right hand, and when he followed that with a left, Tetteh, previously undefeated, was forced to retreat. Another left to the chin, followed by a left-right combination, was met by an unconvincing smile from the Ghanaian; Dubois then settled into working off a consistent, fluid jab, until another right hand ensured the first knockdown. Shortly after Tetteh returned to his feet, the British champion launched a further assault in which another right proved decisive in another knockdown that this time Tetteh could not overcome. Though once again upright, he remained unsteady, leaving referee Mark Lyson with no choice but to rescue him after 2-10 of their scheduled 12 three-minute rounds, awarding Dubois the vacant Commonwealth and WBA International titles.