In a Saturday fight which ended with paramedics rushing into the ring, rising boxing star Daniel Dubois recorded his fifth consecutive knockout since beginning his career just five months ago. The British heavyweight annihilated his opponent, AJ Carter.
During the fight, Carter was knocked down three times inside of 48 seconds. When Dubois delivered the finishing blow, Carter hit the canvas floor face-first.
While the 48-second finish was indeed fast, Dubois has taken out opponents with greater speed during his brief pro career. In fact, last weekend’s match was his third-best time. In his debut performance at 19-years old, it only took the rookie 35-seconds to floor Marcus Kelly, and in his third fight against David Howe, Dubois prevailed in only 40-seconds.
What was remarkable about his blow to Carter was its intensity. The announcer called it a “massive” and “colossal” right hand, while others have said it was “the most graphic illustration of the power of a man, being compared with Mike Tyson.”
Michael Gerard Tyson, a 5’10” heavyweight with a 71″ reach, won 50 of his 58 fights, 44 by knockout, with 6 losses and 2 draws. At 18, Tyson debuted professionally in Albany, New York, against Hector Mercedes. He knocked Mercedes out in one round. With quick reflexes, strong defensive tactics and the ability to level his opponents quickly, he earned a reputation which intimidated his opponents and earned him the nickname “Iron Mike.”
Boxing analysts are now comparing Dubois to Iron Mike. Steve Bunce, a sports pundit, said of Dubois: “He is the hardest single punch hitter in Britain right now, possibly the world.”
“He’s the hardest-punching heavyweight I’ve seen for years,” Dubois’ promoter, Frank Warren, said after the fight. “I really mean that. You go back to the Mike Tyson days … that’s what he’s doing. Every punch he throws … it’s a punch — as they say in the old adage — with bad intentions.”
DuBois took the win in stride. “I was very focused and I trained very hard so I expected that of myself,” DuBois said. “I’ve thrown better [punches], but I’m just trying to improve all the time because whoever they land on will go down. I hope he’s OK, and I hope he recovers. … It was quick and it’s better that way … when I go out there and do the business in the first round.
“I just want to get it over and done with straight away. As soon as the first bell rings, I want to get this fight over and done. … I just go out there and do my job.”
Warren says in the future, he’d like to see Dubois go a few more rounds, but finding an opponent that can last against him may prove difficult.
“He is a puncher. He’s a big puncher. He can box, as well. He’s got a superb jab,” Warren said. “The other guy came to fight … [but] obviously, in that very short space of time, it’s over. Of course, I’d like to see him get some rounds under his belt, but we’re going to have to find someone with a cast-iron chin.”
Dubois said his father used to sit him in front of videotapes of boxing legends like Tyson, Lennox Lewis, and Frank Bruno, and that the heavyweight division fascinated him.
“Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, all those guys. I would watch Mike Tyson documentaries over and over,” Boxingscene.com reported him saying in February.
When asked if he compares himself to any of the men he watched back then, Dubois said, “I want to prove myself in the ring before making comparisons. I want to prove myself and then maybe can say stuff like that about me.”
As Dubois continues his career, he won’t beat Tyson’s record as the youngest heavyweight world champion, 20 years and four months. He may, however, beat Herbie Hide’s record – 22 and six months – as the youngest Brit.
“I definitely believe I can be,” said Dubois. “Everyone wants to be ‘champion of the world’ and that is the ultimate goal.”
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