Here is a round-up of the best of the boxing news from Friday…
Wilder impressed with Dubois, but not Usyk
Deontay Wilder is backing Daniel Dubois to make waves in the heavyweight division.
Dubois, the 22-year-old Briton, knocked out Ebenezer Tetteh in brutal fashion to win the Commonwealth heavyweight title last month and improve his unbeaten professional record to 12 wins.
“UK fighters definitely have some great guys on the horizon, I really like Daniel Dubois,” said WBC world champion Wilder, speaking to 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.
“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.”
Wilder doesn’t believe former unified cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk will pose any threat to him after stepping up to heavyweight though.
“Usyk isn’t a threat to me. He’s too small for me,” insisted the American. “I mean, he does a lot of movement, and stuff like that, but that don’t phase me.”
Chisora unimpressed with Parker
Derek Chisora was ‘very upset’ about the news of Joseph Parker’s withdrawal, but a replacement has verbally ‘agreed’, according to his manager David Haye.
Parker blamed a spider bite for the reason he pulled out of his fight against Chisora later this month.
In a post on his Intagram, Haye said: “Derek was very, very upset. Obviously, he’s really geared himself up, he’s training hard. He’s healthy, he really wants to show the world what he’s about, and Joseph Parker we believed would bring out the very best in Derek.
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“It’s brought the best out of him in training and we just hoped that Joseph Parker would step through those ropes for Derek to prove how good he is in the ring, you know, at The O2 Arena, where he’s performed at a world level.
“To be honest, Derek Chisora took the news as well as he can take it. He was obviously upset at the time. A bit frustrated, but, you know, the next morning he was back in the gym, training hard.
“It hasn’t slowed his training regime, as he knows we’ve given him a list of names, potential names. All of the names are dangerous names. They are all world class recognisable, world-renowned names that he will need to be at his best for.”
Wilder has also given his verdict on the Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr rematch, backing the Mexican-American to come out on top once again after his ‘sixth sense’ told him so.
Ruiz handed Joshua his first professional loss as he dropped the Olympic Gold medallist four times en route to a major upset at Madison Square Garden in June.
Wilder, the WBC champion, previously said he felt Joshua quit the first fight and has made no secret of the fact he thinks the Brit will lose again in Saudi Arabia on December 7.
“I really don’t believe [Joshua] is ready for that. I’m one of the people that he has to prove wrong,” Wilder told Sky Sports.
“Many people have doubted me from the beginning and still do so. But I’m one of the people he has to prove wrong. I understand body language, I am very smart when it comes to [these things]. What his body said in that ring showed me everything that I need to see. Only the fighter would know within himself.”
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Evander Holyfield could follow in Nigel Benn’s footsteps and come out of retirement to make a return to boxing – eight years after hanging up his gloves.
The 56-year-old former two-weight world champion will compete in an exhibition bout in Japan just like fellow Hall of Fame alumni Floyd Mayweather did in December 2018 when he destroyed Tenshin Nasukawa.
Holyfield last stepped into a ring when he knocked out Brian Nielsen in May 2011. However, he has kept himself in top condition ahead of his comeback fight.
Holyfield told TMZ Sports: “The big thing is to give people in Japan the opportunity to see the only four-time heavyweight champion of the world.
“It’s something for them and something for me.”
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