Dubois vs Fujimoto: Heavyweight clash to be shown live on ESPN+ this weekend
The 22-year-old heavyweight destroyer, London’s Daniel “Dynamite” Dubois, will look to close out his breakthrough 2019 in devastating fashion Saturday from the Copper Box Arena in his hometown against Japan’s Kyotaro Fujimoto.
The 12-round bout will be contested for Dubois’ WBO International and the vacant WBC Silver heavyweight belts, with the winner positioning himself for a potential world title opportunity in 2020.
Dubois (13-0, 12 KOs) is 4-0 in 2019, and his fights — all of which have streamed live on ESPN+ — have lasted a total of 12 rounds. He began his 2019 campaign with a second-round KO of former world title challenger Razvan Cojanu in March and followed that up with a four-round slugfest the following month against Ghanaian veteran Richard Lartey.
Dubois captured British title honors in July with a fifth-round stoppage over fellow unbeaten Nathan Gorman and dominated Ebenezer Tetteh in 2:10 to pick up the vacant Commonwealth crown in September. Fujimoto (21-1, 13 KOs) is unbeaten in 16 fights dating back to 2012 and has won his last five via stoppage.
In other action on the card, presented by Queensberry Promotions:
Tommy Fury (2-0, 1 KO), Tyson Fury’s half-brother and fresh off a stint on the popular British reality TV show “Love Island,” will return in a six-rounder at light heavyweight.
Liam “The Machine” Williams (21-2-1, 16 KOs), who is riding a five-bout winning streak, will fight 6-foot-4 American contender Alantez Fox (26-1-1, 12 KOs) in a 12-round WBO middleweight world title eliminator. Fox has won three straight since a 2017 decision loss to current WBO middleweight world champion Demetrius Andrade.
Former British amateur star David Adeleye will make his long-awaited professional debut in a four-round heavyweight contest against an opponent to be named.
Sunny “Showtime” Edwards (13-0, 4 KOs), one of Great Britain’s rising young talents, will battle Marcel “The Chosen One” Braithwaite (9-1, 0 KOs) in a 12-rounder for the vacant British super flyweight crown. Edwards is 3-0 in 2019 and has won regional titles at both flyweight and super flyweight.