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Daniel Dubios ready to put the heat on “old man” Oleksandr Usyk

Oleksandr Usyk and Daniel Dubois. Photo credit: Piotr Duszczyk

It may look like a near insurmountable task on paper, but heavyweight contender Daniel ‘Dynamite’ Dubois 19-1 (18) insists he knows what it will take to beat WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk 20-0 (13).

Usyk is coming off back-to-back points victories over former two-time unified champion Anthony Joshua 26-3 (23), who seemed befuddled for long periods of time by the 36-year-old Ukrainian southpaw’s movement and angles.

And while Joshua failed to apply effective pressure for long periods across those 24 rounds, Usyk has been put under the pump in one fight at heavyweight after vacating his undisputed cruiserweight crown to campaign in the open weight class five years ago.

That came against Derek Chisora 34-13 (23) who put the heat on Usyk throughout their contest only to lose a competitive decision by scores of 113-115 twice and 112-117.

Dubois will be trained for this fight by veteran coach Don Charles, who worked with Chisora for the Usyk bout.

“Having that experience there and having a guy [in Charles] that has been there, he’s trained a fighter to do it and he has a bit of a blueprint,” Dubois said. “But you know, it’s him and me and all the higher powers at work. We’re gonna go through him.”

At 25, Dubois is more than a decade younger than Usyk, something that he hopes to exploit come fight night.

“He’s an old man to me and I’ve got to put it on him. Break them bones down and take it away from him, rip them belts off of him,” Dubois said to Boxing King Media.

Dubois said he had one of his toughest training camps of his career under coach Charles, priming him for the upset.

“It’s been a hard graft. Let’s go and get it. Whatever else, this is the moment. This is the moment to go out and take it and bring it,” Dubois said.

“[A win will take me to] another world. It’s all on the line, it’s all on the night. Let’s go. Before the storm, there’s a calm. That’s what it is…

“People have a lot of things to say. For me, it’s go through him. It’s now or never, this is it.

Dubois reiterated his plan to stay on Usyk’s chest all night.

“Forget all the other talk and what’s going on. This is it for me. Of course, that’s the only way through it. That’s the only way to fight him,” he said.

“He likes to move around the ring a lot, so we’ve got to cut it off. We’ve worked hard in training camp. Let’s get it.”

Victory for Dubois would be an upset for the ages. But stranger things have happened in the heavyweights. Just ask Mike Tyson and Buster Douglas.