Daniel Dubois sent one final terrifying message to 2020’s heavyweight world champions,Deintay Wilder and Anthony Joshua: ‘I am coming for you’.
The 22-year-old Greenwich starlet destroyed Japanese hardman Kyotaro Fujimoto in round two of their Copper Box clash, with one of the most devastating single punches of the year.
That means the Peacock Gym prodigy ends 2019 well up the rankings of the WBA, WBO and WBC and close to world title shot.
Once Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder settle their differences with two more fights to complete their trilogy in February and the summer – and Anthony Joshua handles his two mandatories – Dynamite Dubois will be blowing down their door.
Dubois said: “After the first couple of shots, I thought I would pace myself.
“I knew I had the power, I was confident about what I was going to do.
“I landed a sweet shot, and that was goodnight.
“If I keep collecting these nice belts, I won’t be too far from a world title shot, I just have to walk the path.
A vicious lead left-hook was Joe Frazieresque and an assault to the body would have folded a weaker man.
Fujimoto, 33, had a huge team in his corner, a handful of very short men yelling dozens of different phrases over and over again.
Quite how many terms there are in Japanese for ‘run away and hide’ remains a mystery.
Their man was dropped in the second by a brilliant jab but he got back to his feet and back in the way of a relentless volley of punches.
Fujimoto had been bouncing off the ropes, forcing the ringside photographers to lurch out of the way, but he held his feet too long of the opposite side of the ring before the session was over.
— Daniel Dubois (@DynamiteDubois) December 22, 2019
Fujimoto stood tall and left himself open to a sickening right hand that collapsed him entirely.
The medics dived into the ring before the referee even officially called off the fight and Dubois’ worried trainer Martin Bowers pushed his star pupil back into the corner to calm the celebrations, as their latest victim lay stricken and needing oxygen.
Thankfully the dazed and confused fighter rose to his feet and left of his own accord, unlikely to fancy returning in a hurry.