Daniel Dubois vows to "crush" Oleksandr Usyk after British battle with Joe Joyce

Daniel Dubois insists he will be ready to step up to world level and ”crush" Oleksandr Usyk after settling his domestic feud with Joe Joyce later this month.

The 23-year-old is gearing up for the toughest test of his career to date against Joyce, 35, who obtains similar aspirations of reaching the heavyweight division's summit.

Both men are undefeated thus far as professionals, yet Dubois’ triple threat of youth, speed and power is expected to make the difference when they meet on November 28.

The young gun is a clear and justified favourite. In 15 contests, he has demonstrated a menacing balance of patience and aggression to claim 15 straight victories, with 14 coming by way of knockout.

Nevertheless, some believe Joyce’s durability and superior amateur background – he claimed a silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and struck gold at Baku’s European Games a year earlier – could pay dividends if he drags him into the later rounds.

But Dubois simply doesn’t see it that way.

“I think I can get him early or late. It doesn't matter,” he tells Daily Star Sport.

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“Fast or slow, it doesn't matter. It's gonna be a win for me whatever way I have to do it.

“Win by any means necessary and come through it if it's early or late.

"Joe's Joe. He boxes differently that’s all I’m gonna say. He's got his own way of doing things and that's who I'm gonna be fighting.

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"I've just got to be ready to fight him and take away everything that he brings.”

Just three-and-a-half years into his professional journey, and with little amateur experience accompanying him, Dubois already finds himself at No.2 in the WBO’s world rankings.

A shot at glory is certainly on the horizon for the soft-spoken star, who will be keeping close tabs on Anthony Joshua ’s next move.

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Joshua, who defends his unified titles against Kubrat Pulev on December 12, could swerve WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk in favour of a lucrative showdown with WBC champion Tyson Fury next year.

Doing so would leave Usyk, a former undisputed chief and Olympic gold medallist at cruiserweight, to battle it out with Dubois for the vacant WBO title next year.

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“I’d go straight into [a fight with Usyk],” Dubois says.

“I’ll beat Joe and that's like a world title eliminator for me in my book.

“Then I'll go for one of the biggest names out there. I'll take them on straight away.”

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Usyk maintained his mandatory position by seeing off a rejuvenated Derek Chisora in London on October 31, weathering an early storm from the British veteran to eventually earn a wide points victory at Wembley Arena.

Yet, the Ukrainian's failure to win inside the distance has left many questioning his credentials as a heavyweight – and Dubois smelling blood.

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When I ask if he is ready to jump in at the deep end against a fighter as well-polished as Usyk, the boy from Greenwich replies: “Definitely.

“All the amateur skills and movement, it's the basics of boxing. You need to be athletic as a heavyweight and I've got that. I've got the tools to go far in this division.

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“I’m really looking forward to fighting Joe, beating him and then whoever's next I've got to crush.

“So bring them on.”

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