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Daniel Dubois insists he is ready for Oleksandr Usyk, says knee injury has healed

Oleksandr Usyk and Daniel Dubois. Photo credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Heavyweight contender Daniel ‘Dynamite’ Dubois 19-1 (18) says he is not here just to make up the numbers ahead of his first world title shot against reigning WBA, WBO and IBF champion Oleksandr Usyk 20-0 (13) in Wroclaw, Poland on August 26.

The 25-year-old Londoner is riding high on a four fight win streak – all by knockout – following his lone loss to fellow puncher Joe Joyce 15-1 (14) by 10th round knockout three years ago when he suffered a fractured left eye socket.

In his last outing seven months ago, Dubois scored a third-round knockout over Kevin Lerena in a drama filled bout. Dubois was down three times in the first round after suffering a knee injury but rallied to put Lerena down twice prior to the stoppage.

He says he has fully recovered from the injury and ready to make a statement.

“One hundred percent, I’m ready. We’re ready to rumble. This is it. We’re going to bring them titles back home. They’re coming with me. It’s my time, it’s definitely my time. Usyk’s been a great champion and as I said before, everything with a beginning has to have an end. His ‘zero’ has got to go,” Dubois said to Sky Sports.

“I’ve got to outmaneuver him in everything. I’m younger, stronger, and I’ve got to release it all. Unleash hell on this guy. I was born for it.”

Ukrainian southpaw Usyk, 36, has settled in nicely to the heavyweight division since moving up a weight class four years ago. His signature win over Anthony Joshua 25-3 (22) to claim the WBA, WBO and IBF championships in 2021 was backed up by a second points win over Joshua in their immediate rematch the following year.

Dubois knows the former undisputed cruiserweight champion will present a unique challenge with his movement and angles, but it is one he insists he is ready for.

“The bookies can say whatever they want, it’s no pressure for me. I’m going to be 100 per cent ready on him to take them belts,” Dubois said.

“I feel as though it’s my time. I’m ready, confident, and positive about what I’m going to do to him. There’s always pressure, but honestly, I’m built for it and I can handle it.

“I’m a contender and I’m ready to do what I’ve got to do. It’s been written and I’m here to deliver. [Preparation] is good. I’m in shape and I’m ready to go. Let’s get it on.”

Usyk, who spent the better part of this year trying to lure WBC titleholder Tyson Fury 33-0-1 (24) into a unification bout, says Dubios is a worthy and qualified challenger.

“I think really highly of my opponent, he’s a nice man, a nice guy, a nice athlete,” Usyk said. “He got to the position of mandatory challenger, so he deserves it. All the respect for him, his team, for all the people around him. But let’s stop talking, let’s see on August 26.”

Despite his praise of Dubois, Usyk says he senses doubt in his opponent.

“I’ve seen myself in his eyes,” he said. “He’s nervous. I’m not under pressure normally, the only moment I’m under pressure is my training.”