firstname.lastname@example.org (Aaron Flanagan)
Daniel Dubois takes the next step on the road to being the best heavyweight in the world tonight – and he will be one of the most deserving to do so if he goes all the way.
The British champion takes on Dutchman Ricardo Snijders at BT Sport studios in his 15th professional outing on a cracking card.
Taking him all the way to the top will be such a fantastic success story.
I’ve had many champions over the years who we have built up into worldwide superstars.
Dubois has got it all to follow in their footsteps for sure and I’ve never met someone so dedicated to fulfilling their potential.
The Londoner came on to my radar before anyone else had really heard of him and we decided to take him as a teenager.
We knew we were getting a special talent but the worth ethic from him is second to none.
While many people’s lives have been changed by lockdown, it won’t have made much difference to Dubois.
He won’t have been allowed in a gym for a few months but he will have spent every waking hour either training or thinking about boxing.
Some have ability but lack the work ethic, while others lack talent but make up for it by giving their all but Dubois has both the skills and the willingness to work harder than anyone.
He should beat Snijders after we were forced into a late replacement.
Hopefully we will get to see another special knockout from Dynamite after the Gunners get the season off to flier by beating the champions Liverpool in the Community Shield.
Then it is on to Joe Joyce in October.
The winner of that fight will surely be a mandatory for a world title next year.
The hope is that Tyson Fury faces Anthony Joshua twice in 2021 for all the belts in the biggest fight in British boxing.
But the winner of Dubois against Joyce will be front of the queue for the fighter who comes out on top of the undisputed clash.
Many may believe I enjoyed Dillian Whyte’s defeat to Alexander Povetkin last week.
But it was nothing personal – he was the one who wanted to make it personal – as I was just happy an obstacle was out of the way to make Fury against Joshua.
Whyte’s team wanted their man to get the mandatory WBC title shot which would have delayed the biggest fight in heavyweight boxing.
I’m just glad that it is now gone and we can get back to work on making Fury against Joshua should both men win their next fights in December.
- Watch Dubois v Snijders on BT Sport from 7pm