Daniel Dubois put himself first in line to challenge for Oleksandr Usyk‘s WBA heavyweight title with a fourth-round knockout of Trevor Bryan atop of a bizarre show in Florida. The Brit entered the ring a sizeable favourite against the American who, despite his unbeaten record, had beaten no one of note to date and was predictably sluggish throughout on Saturday before a damaging left-hook sent him to the canvas in the fourth. Bryan failed to regain his footing and the referee waved the contest off, sealing a good victory for Dubois in his third fight since the Joe Joyce defeat in 2020.
Dubois and trainer Shane McGuigan called for Dillian Whyte in the post-fight interview as they look for the big names in the heavyweight division as ‘DDD’ returns to the UK after two fights across the Atlantic.
The event itself was a strange one, taking place in a Miami casino that was underwater just a couple of weeks ago due to extreme weather in Florida, with around five-hundred people in the audience. The ring was tiny, which became even more evident when two giants in Dubois and Bryan entered, and the singing of not one, not two, but THREE national anthems beforehand dragged out the bizarre spectacle even more.
However, the most peculiar factor of the night is that the World Boxing Association, a body with considerable pedigree and history in the sport, considered Trevor Bryan one of the best heavyweights in the world and allowed him to be in the position where he would be one fight away from challenging for a major heavyweight title. The ranking systems of all the major governing bodies are broken, none more evidently so than that of the WBA, and the entire system needs overhauling to prevent embarrassing spectacles such as this from taking place in the future.
Credit to Daniel Dubois who can add his name to the growing number of British heavyweights lining up at the highest level to challenge for world honours.