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David Price favours Oleksandr Usyk, but warns Daniel Dubois could be a banana skin

Oleksandr Usyk. Photo credit: Richard Pelham/The Sun

Olympic bronze medalist David Price believes heavyweight contender Daniel ‘Dynamite’ Dubois 19-1 (18) is tailor made for unified champion Oleksandr Usyk 20-0 (13) who will defend his three world titles against the Brit at Stadion Wroclaw in Wroclaw, Poland on Saturday night.

Ukrainian southpaw Usyk, 36, won the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles from Anthony Joshua 26-3 (23) in September 2021 and retained the belts in their rematch a year later.

It will be the 25-year-old Dubois’ first fight since his near disastrous bout against South Kevin Lerena 29-2 (14) last December. Dubios was down three time in the opening round and injured his knees, but he bit down on the mouthpiece and knocked out the South African in three.

England’s Price, who retired with a record of 25-7 (20) four years ago following a fourth-round knockout loss to Derek Chisora 34-13 (23), believes his countryman Dubois has the power and physicality to possibly trouble Usyk in spots, but not enough to get the win.

“Well, I think Usyk is an example of someone who has had to take the big cake for that fight because at the end of the day he’s fulfilling his mandatory obligations against a dangerous fighter in Dubois,” Price told Betway.

“In Tyson Fury’s case for example, would he have picked Dubois as an opponent, as a voluntary opponent? Probably not.

“And as far as the fight goes, I think that Dubois is made for Usyk – stylistically, he’s the perfect type of opponent. He’s not very quick on his feet, he’s an explosive, massive puncture who’s always going to have a punch’s chance, but for someone like Usyk who’s so nimble and so mobile… I think he’ll bamboozle Dubois.

“Also, he’ll probably be exhausted later on in the fight because he’ll be having to move that much and react to everything that Usyk is throwing his way, and that takes energy away from you, but whilst Usyk will be landing often, we all know it only takes one punch and Dubois has that power to land a devastating blow.

Former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk is now four fights into his heavyweight campaign after moving up in weight in 2019. His second opponent in the open weight class, Chisora, pushed him close on the scorecards and was trailing by just one round on two of the judges’ scorecards at the final bell.

“So, I always try and look at both sides of the argument,” Price continued. “Because you know, Derek Chisora pushed Usyk in a very tough fight, and although Dubois is a different type of fighter, boy can he punch.

“So although I’d have to say that Usyk is the favorite for me going into the fight due to the stylistic match up, I do think that Dubois could turn out to be a potential banana skin for Usyk due to his punching power.”