Deontay Wilder praises unbeaten heavyweight Daniel Dubois but dismisses threat of Oleksandr Usyk

Deomtay Wilder has hailed exciting heavyweight Daniel Dubois and believes he could even challenge him one day if he is still fighting.

Dubois stopped Ebenezer Tetteh in brutal fashion to win the Commonwealth heavyweight title last week at the Royal Albert Hall.

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Dubois is the British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion
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It was yet another impressive win for the 22-year-old, who knocked out Nathan Gorman to win the British title in July and is now 13-0 (12 KOs).

Speaking to talkSPORT, the confident heavyweight is hoping to secure his legacy in the ring.

Dubois said: “Whoever comes first, I’ll deal with them. “I want to be the best and go down as a legend of the sport.

“So whoever I have to beat, I’ve got to do it.”

WBC champion Wilder, who is scheduled to face Luis Ortiz for a second time on November 23 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, has admitted he has been impressed with Dubois.

“UK fighters definitely have some great guys on the horizon, I really like Daniel Dubois,” Wilder told Sky Sports.

“I’m really liking that kid, he’s strong, he seems very focused, he seems very disciplined in what he’s doing, he seems like he’s on a mission.

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Deontay Wilder has been impressed with Dubois
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“So I definitely wish him well in his pursuit of coming up. I think he’s going to be a good challenger.

“Whether it’s me, and I’m still here, or whether it’s somebody else, I think he’s going to be a good challenger.

“I think he’s definitely going to make it to fight for a world title one day. “To be a champion? Who knows? But I think he’ll get to that point.

“I like a lot of the other guys as well, but for me he stands out the most.”

One fighter who Wilder does not feel threatened by is former unified cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk.

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Oleksandr Usyk will make his heavyweight debut on October 12
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The Ukrainian is yet to make his debut as a heavyweight but made quite the impression last year by cleaning out the entire cruiserweight division to win the World Boxing Super Series.

His first fight at heavyweight will come  against Tyrone Spong, a former Dutch kick-boxer on October 12 in Chicago.

“Oleksandr Usyk isn’t a threat to me. He’s too small for me,” said Wilder.

“I mean, he does a lot of movement, and stuff like that, but that don’t phase me.”

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