IT TAKES a lot to get Daniel Dubois excited.
The not-so-gentle giant has crushed all four of his opponents inside two rounds and has been tipped as a future star of British sport.
So how does the 19-year-old, who is rumoured to have floored Anthony Joshua in sparring, assess his first season as a professional fighter?
“It has been alright,” he says with a shrug.
The response is in keeping with his quiet, unassuming manner which is at odds with his uncanny knack for rendering other towering men completely unconscious.
The latest opponent sent packing was the 15-1 Mauricio Barragan, who had come over from Argentina to provide Dubois with his first 10-rounder.
The Londonder finished him off with a body shot after just four minutes and 41 seconds to claim the WBC youth world title.
Dubois’ trainer Martin Bowers, one of the men behind Canning Town’s famous Peacock Gym, gave him a week off before the fun starts again through the summer.
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Now Dubois is back here in the Docklands sweatshop just before 9am ahead of the first of his two daily sessions as he prepares for his next fight, scheduled for September 16.
There will be no summer holiday for ‘Dynamite Dan’.
“No break, just hard work,” Dubois adds. “It’s only my first year in the pros but I feel like I’ve been here a while now, I feel like a veteran already.
“So much has happened that it’s difficult to remember it’s early days for me.
“It’s been quite solitary, coming in the gym and training hard. You need to motivate yourself.
“It’s not the amateurs anymore when you’re in a team, all training together. Life as a pro is definitely an individual sport. Thankfully that’s how I’ve always been so I like it that way.
“It’s a lonely game really, it’s about motivating yourself and pushing yourself harder every day. It keeps you strong mentally, it’s no bad thing.”
Dubois had been fast-tracked onto the GB squad, where those now-fabled sparring sessions with Joshua took place.
He also shared the ring with Tokyo 2020 medal hopeful Frazer Clarke and Rio silver medalist Joe Joyce too.
It came as a huge surprise when, after fewer than 10 senior bouts as an amateur, he decided to turn professional in January.
Now he says punching for pay has engineered an even more nasty streak in him.
He added: “When you’re on the squad with GB, you can slack out a bit.
“You can get away with that when you’re in a team. But when you’re on your own, there is none of that.
“You’ll get shown up in the ring if you’re not 100 per cent at all times.
“I enjoyed GB but it’s not like I keep in touch with anyone really. When I used to be up there on the set-up it was just part of the job to me.
“You go up there and train, it’s not personal and you’re not making friends. There are no friends in boxing, I’ve said that from day one.
“That’s just how it needs to be.”
One former GB ace who does keep in regular and often violent contact with Dubois is cruiserweight wrecking ball Lawrence Okolie.
The 24-year-old, who lives just down the road from The Peacock in Hackney, is a regular sparring partner in the gym’s main ring.
In fact, just two days after Okolie beat Lukasz Rusiewicz at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane, he got a call from Bowers asking if he was available for sparring.
It was a bank holiday and he had boxed fewer than 48 hours earlier – but there was no way he was saying no.
Dubois said: “That’s the sign of a proper fighter.
“He is a quality guy and a quality fighter. He wants to go places and he’s ambitious.
“He’s always a good spar for me and it’s always a good challenge.
“Seeing the other guys who have turned over is motivation as well – we all want to do well.”
But, when it comes to motivation, Dubois does not even need to leave the house to get it.
The day after Dubois saw off Barragan, his younger sister Caroline claimed her second amateur European title out in Bulgaria.
“It’s a house of champions,” he added.
“She’s flying at the moment so there is some healthy competition between us at home. I never got that far as an amateur – she’s won gold twice so is definitely proving herself.
“I suppose she’s the gaffer in the house at the moment but I’m not making her cups of tea – forget that.
“Then my brother Prince is doing well too. He’s just turned 13 and he got to the national finals last year.
“He’s shooting up. I reckon he will be bigger than me, definitely. He will be a giant – he’s massive now, but I haven’t had him in for sparring yet.
“He’s somebody the fans can get excited about – maybe even me.”
Daniel Dubois – The Vital Statistics
Born: July 6, 1997
Birthplace: Greenwich, London
Manager: Frank Warren
Height: 6ft 5in
Rounds boxed: 6