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Daniel Dubois wants to be immortalised in boxing’s hall of fame and earn enough to have a garage full of flash cars.
But while he is continuing his education in the ring to realise his first ambition, the heavyweight prospect will have to get the L plates out soon if he wants the expensive motors.
“I don’t even have my licence yet,” said the 22-year-old Londoner.
“I’ve got my provisional. I’ve got to get back on that. Maybe after this fight I’ll book some lessons.
“I’ve just never been bothered.
“My dad has always driven me around, you live that life you just get used to it. I have to get on it.”
Dubois continues on the road to the top as he heads into his 15th professional outing tonight against Ricardo Snijders at BT Sport studios.
The 18-1 Dutchman, a late replacement after original foe Erik Pfeifer had issues with his medical, is not even going to be a tricky speed-bump on the way.
But while his driving test is a way off, an examination to his credentials as a future world champion will come when he takes on Rio Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce later this year.
So far Dubois has answered every question asked of him in the ring with 13 knockouts in 14 wins.
The Joyce clash has drawn what Dubois calls “eery” comparisons with Lennox Lewis’ fight with Gary Mason back in 1991 with the British – and likely – the European title to be on the line.
Lewis won that fight and went on to become undisputed heavyweight king and an icon of the sport.
“I want to get in the boxing hall of fame,” said Dubois.
“I want to win all the titles, have all the good fights, the legacy building fights and have the nights that the whole world is interested in.
“I want to be a British boxing hero like Lennox Lewis and Frank Bruno.
“I want to sell out Wembley, once I keep entertaining the fans and they like what I do then it will happen.”
Dubois still has a way to go but he is certainly on the right route with Snijders set to join the highlight reel of knockouts later tonight.
There is plenty of hope in those who are backing him including promoter Frank Warren that he will reach the top while BT Sport are investing in him but with that comes expectation.
“I feel there is pressure but I need that pressure to get up every day and do it,” he said.
“I need to be having a bit of fear and that sort of drive behind me. That is what I need.
“It doesn’t bother me. I’m not the sort of person who will curl up into a ball and try to hide.
“Do I get nervous? No. I come alive when I’m in the dressing room before a fight.
“I think about what I want to do in the ring and the damage I want to cause and how I’m going to do that.
“Fighting is a natural progression for me. Like breathing, eating and sleeping is for everyone else, fighting is also like that for me.
“The moment I’m in the ring I’m a different person for the time, I’m a different animal, but the moment it is over, I take the cap off and I go back to being a nice guy.”
When the heavyweight from the Peacock Gym in Canning Town talks about doing damage his mood doesn’t darken as he almost says it in passing.
“It’s part of the game, anyone I’ve sparred and fought over the years, they understand,” he adds. “This is what we are called to do and it is our duty.”
Dubois has not felt any different being in the world of the hotel boxing bubble this week as his life just revolves around the job.
“I don’t think I have any normal days now, can you call any of this normal?” he said.
“Since I started this boxing there hasn’t been a normal day. Fighting, thinking about fighting, training, sparring, that’s not really normal is it?”
The life of superstardom won’t be normal either if he reaches the heights those who know a thing about boxing believe he will and with that will come plenty of riches.
For now, his biggest purchase has been a new family home where he lives with his siblings.
But there will need to be a big garage extension one day if he does become a world heavyweight champion.
“My aim is to live the nice lifestyle but to get there all this work needs to be done,” he added.
“I’ve got about 10 or 20 cars in mind though.
“Maybe a Ferrari, maybe a Lamborghini, a Rolls Royce maybe. Imagine me showing up to the gym in a Rolls Royce going, ‘Look at me now!’”