“The pressure was off him.” Coach Dubois on Usyk-Fury fight and Joshua’s return


British heavyweight coach Daniel Dubois Shane McGuigan gave
interview for local media.

In a conversation, the mentor expressed his thoughts about the upcoming fight for the title of absolute world heavyweight champion (over 90.7 kg) between the unified champion from Ukraine Oleksandr Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs) and the title holder WBC British Tyson Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs). The coach also commented on the current position of the former British champion Anthony Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs) and outlined his prospects.

– You named Oleksandr Usyk as a potential opponent for Daniel Dubois. The Fury-Usyk fight could take place in the first quarter of next year. How do you see it pass?

– It will be interesting to see. Joshua didn’t use his physicality against Usyk. If you look, then Chisora ​​gave Usyk big problems just with pure size and “physics”.

I think Fury is a master at this, a master at leaning on someone. We saw what he did to Wilder. One of the best things he did was just drain his strength and energy: hang on him, knit him, just be a big guy with him.

But Usyk is a very cool businessman. Of course, I will be interested in this fight. This will be a great fight. It won’t be as clean and action packed as the fight with Joshua. But Joshua just lost in speed. I believe Usyk will do the same with Tyson Fury. He’s too fast for him.

But Fury uses various tactics to slow him down. If Chisora ​​could just punch him and Fury is faster than Chisora ​​and he’s a better fighter than Chisora. He will have to use his “physics”. But it’s still a good fight. I wish to see him.

Joshua is a coward and I only fight real men – Fury

Anthony Joshua will take a short break and return next year. We’ve been pretty open about Joshua’s tactics and coaching.

What state do you think he is in now? Would it be right for him to come back next year? His future opponents were mentioned Otto Valin, Dillian Whyte. What do you think about the upcoming period of Anthony Joshua’s career?

“I think this is a really exciting period. ‘Cause I feel like the pressure’s off him. There was pressure on him from the start. He turned pro, being an Olympic champion. He flew through the ratings.

I think he won the title in his sixteenth fight against Charles Martin. He then said that he felt that he was still a beginner, that he was still learning this sport. And he fought fight after fight. He had a decent amount of opposition.

He’s the one who boxed Usyk, the guy who’s a banana peel. He fought very good opposition. I think now is the time to take a small step back, not too far, because no one will be willing to watch him fight obscure fighters.

Dillian Whyte would be a great fight for him. Valine – potentially too. If he stops Wallin, that’s a decent statement because he gave Tyson Fury a tough fight. It will probably be the best time in his career to regain his confidence.

He needed to get even for the defeat of Ruiz. He had to immediately rematch. And the same thing happened with Usyk. He could not take two or three intermediate fights, otherwise he would have lost the opportunity for an instant revenge. Therefore, he had to try, and eventually lose to Usyk.

All this time you are preparing for a special style, you have a lot of pressure for defeat. And you need to try to overcome it. He did it to Ruiz, but he didn’t do it to Usyk. But now there is almost no pressure on him. He can return to winning ways, return to fights that are more in his favor but are still tests.

There are many people to fight him. Heavyweight right now is the best it’s been in 20 years, after Holyfield, Tyson and Lewis – that era. In terms of division depth, you have Ruiz, you have Wilder, you have Hrgovic, you have Joyce, Dillian Whyte, Joshua, Dubois. Lots of great fights. So I’m sure he’ll cross paths with a lot of fighters.