Daniel Dubois (19-1, 18 KOs), the 25-year-old British boxer and reigning WBA World champion, has shared his thoughts ahead of his face-off against Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs):
"Undoubtedly, they say that winning by decision is nearly impossible, but it's imperative to achieve it nonetheless.
Usyk exhibits an amateur-style approach. He employs intricate footwork and more. This isn't a hidden facet. The plan is to step into the ring and engage in an intense battle. I aim to intimidate him and disrupt his rhythm.
The key is landing a barrage of punches. Targeting the arms, shoulders, and head—anything above the waist. I'm already in fight mode. These factors will hold sway on the night of the bout.
My mission is to approach this fight with intelligence, employing a boxing style unlike anything I've done before. Victory is the ultimate objective. My complete focus is on this fight. Despite fatigue and saturation, I must persist. That's the core principle. Can I envision how I'd overcome Usyk? Always. Visualization and maintaining the fighter's mindset are constant practices.
This stands as a pivotal juncture for me—an immense opportunity. I feel rejuvenated, as if it's the beginning of a new chapter in my career. Winning is the sole objective. My concentration is exclusively on this bout. Fatigue and fulfillment notwithstanding, I must persist. That's the central imperative," Dubois expressed.
The Dubois vs. Usyk match is slated for the evening of August 26, 2023, in Wroclaw, Poland. The event's commencement is set for 19:00 Kyiv time, with the main fight expected around midnight.