Daniel Dubois now faces the challenge of his career in a fight against Oleksandr Usyk, the reigning heavyweight champion, set to take place in Wroclaw, Poland on August 12. The opportunity for this match comes for Dubois after knocking out Trevor Bryan to win the WBA World Title and an uninspiring performance against Kevin Lerena.
Despite being the younger and more powerful puncher, Dubois has a significant hurdle ahead, as many feel that this match against Usyk may be a step too far at this stage. Nevertheless, he’ll be heading into the fight under the guidance of his new trainer, Don Charles, following a surprising split from Shane McGuigan, something that NoSmokeSport broke the news of previously.
Usyk vs Dubois
The bid to host this heavyweight title defense was won by Usyk’s team. Alex Krassyuk, from K2 Promotions, made the victorious bid on behalf of Usyk during the formal proceedings in Houston, Texas, after unsuccessful negotiations that were held on May 15. K2 Promotions won with a bid of $8,057,000 while Queensberry, the promoters of Daniel Dubois fell short with a bid of $5,620,050.
Purse splits for the match have been pre-determined, with 75% allocated to the champion, Usyk, and the remaining going to the challenger, Dubois. Details of the TV, or streaming rights are yet to be disclosed, with Alex Krassyuk disclosing today to NoSmokeSport that the “Usyk vs Dubois TV rights depend on the offer”
If Usyk manages to retain his belts in this second title defense, he is anticipated to restart negotiations to face Tyson Fury. The objective is to declare an undisputed champion in the heavyweight division, a feat not achieved in the past twenty years.