Daniel Dubois won’t let Joe Joyce stand in the way of his destiny

Daniel Dubois has warned Joe Joyce there will be nothing he can do next Saturday to alter the course of destiny.

The 23-year-old is convinced he will become the heavyweight champion of the world sooner rather than later.

And providing he deals with his great rival to claim the vacant European crown he will take a major step towards the world level fights he craves.

Dubois said: “I’m just raring to go, this fight has been a long time coming.

“I’m just prepared to do whatever it takes to win.

“The last few days of training have been mapped out, we’ll tick over this week and be ready for fight night.

“And then once we’re in the ring it will be time to stop the talking, it will be just me and him.

“Whatever we’ve said or done, it doesn’t matter — once we’re in there, it’s time to go to work and really show what I’m about and what I’ve got in me.

“This is my destiny, to be a world champion, and I need to go for it and take it.”

Only one of Dubois’s 15 fights has gone the distance, the last six, like the first eight, ending early thanks to the ferocious punch-power he has at his disposal.

But Joyce, the 2016 Olympic super-heavyweight silver medallist and 12 years his opponent’s senior, will by no means be a pushover.

Dubois’s trainer, Martin Bowers, said: “They’re both unbeaten professional heavyweights and, in heavyweight boxing, anything can happen.

“We have to concentrate, we have to be on point and Dan has to put in the best performance of his life.

“That’s what we’re planning to do and I’m sure Joe’s planning the same.”

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Dubois is adamant he is ready for everything Joyce will bring to the contest.

He added: “Everything he is going to bring, I will have an answer for.

“I’m not worried about what he is going to do, though, I’m just going to stay focused on myself and whatever comes I will be prepared for.

“I’ll adapt and find a way to win.”

Dubois admits there is extra incentive to win the fight given his boyhood hero, Mike Tyson, is also in action against Roy Jones Junior on the same night, something he never thought would happen.

Dubois said: “It’s very strange. Looking back years ago when I was watching him, I didn’t think we would be competing on the same night.

“It’s amazing.

“It’s definitely an extra motivation to think I could be reading on Sunday morning that I’ve won and Mike has won the night before.

“It’s extra motivation to perform and maybe even outshine Mike on the night.”

Dubois has a long way to go to emulate Tyson’s success of becoming world champion but with his power there is no reason he can’t go to the top.

He added: “The power has been there since I was kid.

“I’ve always been working on it, and once I have the moment to get it out and show what I’ve got, believe me, that’s what I am going to do.

“As I’m getting older, I’m getting wiser and better at delivering it.”

Daniel Dubois v Joe Joyce, on Saturday, November 28, is exclusively live for BT Sport subscribers. Sign up to watch, contract free, with BT Sport Monthly Pass. For more info visit bt.com/monthlypass

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