By Joe Coleman
Daniel Dubois is confident he can secure a shot at a world heavyweight title before the end of 2020 and has welcomed the possibility of a domestic dust-up with Dillian Whyte.
The 22-year-old is preparing to face Kyotaro Fujimoto at the Copper Box Arena on December 21 to end 2019 with a fifth knockout victory. His previous clashes in the capital this calendar year have not lasted longer than five rounds.
Having added the WBO International and Commonwealth heavyweight titles to his collection in his last outing against Ebenezer Tetteh, Dubois could well pick up his ninth belt from just his 14th fight in Hackney Wick this month.
The WBC silver belt was previously held by Whyte, who made three successful defences between April 2016 and December 2018.
Dubois is confident he will have his hands on this weekend and has bigger targets in mind for next year.
“Well it’s all down to my next couple of performances,” he told talkSPORT.com. “But my management team is talking about the end of next year [for a world title shot].
“So I’m expecting to be there at the end of next year.
“If not for a world title, then definitely a number one contender fight.”
Initially a fight with Dave Allen was touted for the Greenwich-native, but terms could not be agreed.
His opponent instead will be Japanese star Fujimoto, who boasts a solid record of 21-1, with 13 KO’s to his name, and is ranked by the WBA – meaning a win would leave Dubois ranked with all four major organisations.
And with Whyte regaining his status as interim champion with the WBC, Dubois would welcome that all-British bout sometime in the future.
“Yeah definitely a potential fight,” he added. “Because he is number one.
“Sky has got all the top heavyweights so this guy is an incredible name, any one of them I get I will be ready for them.
“He’s definitely talented and it would be a good scalp to have.”