Anthony Joshua ‘is no Muhammad Ali and Daniel Dubois is a better heavyweight’

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DANIEL DUBOIS is already better than Anthony Joshua and can be considered the best British heavyweight prospect around.

That is the view of legendary promoter Frank Warren, who also believes comparing Joshua to Muhammad Ali is “beyond stupid”.

 Daniel Dubois is already a better heavyweight prospect that Anthony Joshua, says Frank Warren

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Daniel Dubois is already a better heavyweight prospect that Anthony Joshua, says Frank Warren

Dubois, 20, has won all five of his professional fights by knockout and has an imposing physicality beyond his years.

Warren says the London-born bruiser has already knocked down Joshua in sparring.

And he is confident his man can crush Joshua next year – especially after Joshua only came by his first heavyweight title by fighting “the worst heavyweight champion” he has ever seen.

Warren told talkSPORT: “Let’s get it right, Tyson Fury had to vacate the IBF title.

 Anthony Joshua beat Carlos Takam by TKO in Cardiff

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Anthony Joshua beat Carlos Takam by TKO in Cardiff
 Muhammad Ali knocks down George Foreman in round eight in Zaire

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Muhammad Ali knocks down George Foreman in round eight in Zaire

“AJ picked up the title by fighting Charles Martin, who is possibly the worst heavyweight champion I’ve ever seen in boxing.

“He did what he had to do against Martin, he won the title. He then fought Wladimir Klitschko and fought Dillian Whyte.


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“Klitschko was coming out of 18 months of inactivity after being soundly beaten by Tyson Fury.

“Dillian Whyte is a decent young professional but he is not what you consider a world-ranked opponent. Dillian Whyte wobbled him.

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Wladimir Klitscho downed Anthony Joshua in their Wembley epic
 Frank Warren claims Daniel Dubois has already knocked down Anthony Joshua in sparring

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Frank Warren claims Daniel Dubois has already knocked down Anthony Joshua in sparring

“Klitschko had him [Joshua] on the floor.

“It was one of the most exciting heavyweight fights I have seen for years. It was a great fight.

“But it wasn’t Muhammad Ali, it wasn’t Joe Frazier, it wasn’t George Foreman, it wasn’t Kenny Norton, it wasn’t Earnie Shavers, all these guys.

“Joshua has had three big fights and comparing him with Ali? It is beyond stupid.

“He has got a heart like Ali. Ali had a big heart and AJ has got a tremendous heart.

“He has not got a bad engine. I’ve seen him a couple of times where he has got a second wind in fights.

 Frank Warren has made some bold claims over Daniel Dubois' future

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Frank Warren has made some bold claims over Daniel Dubois’ future

“But what he has not got is Ali’s chin. Anthony Joshua does not have Ali’s chin, that is for sure.”

Warren waxed lyrical about Dubois – who is scheduled to take on Dorian Darch next month.

He added: “I try not to go over the top but I personally think, at this stage of his career, he is the best heavyweight I’ve seen in British boxing in my time in boxing.

“He has something special. He has sparred with Anthony Joshua, he has sparred with a lot of professional fighters and he has more than held his own.”



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