Twenty-year-old British heavyweight super-prospect Daniel Dubois moved to 6-0 with his sixth straight stoppage win at the Copper Box Arena in London on Saturday night, demolishing tough Welsh journeyman Dorian Darch inside two rounds.
The official time of the stoppage was 0:51 of the second round, which is the exact mark that a then 3-0 Anthony Joshua finished Darch at when they met in February of 2014. However, Joshua, with whom people are very eager to compare Dubois, couldn’t floor Darch during their brief encounter. Dubois on the other hand floored the 33-year-old four times.
Darch was lucky to even survive the very first round. In the final minute of the stanza, he was badly wobbled by a Dubois right hand and was forced to take several more heavy shots during a thudding follow up barrage. A big overhand right seconds later put Darch on the floor. He bravely rose from the canvas, however, and even fired back in the closing seconds.
Darch once again displayed his courage at the beginning of the second, charging straight at Dubois and firing big shots of his own. He was punished ruthlessly for his efforts. A right-hand and a left hook from Dubois felled Darch against the ropes. The Welshman rose again but he would become even more familiar with the floor in the seconds that followed, as Dubois was persistent and his punches painfully insistent. Two more times Darch went down, and that was enough to convince the referee to halt the slaughter.
Fans, excited by Dubois’s destructive displays, will undoubtedly begin to call for the Londoner to be hurried along, but his promoter Frank Warren is in no rush. After the fight, Warren said that his charge is willing to fight anyone, but reminded viewers just how young and inexperienced he is.
“If I said to him tomorrow, ‘You’re fighting Anthony Joshua,’ he’d say, ‘What time have I got to be here,'” said the veteran British promoter. “My job is to just hold him up, and that’s the bottom line – to make the moves at the right time.”
— eir Sport (@eirSport) December 9, 2017
"If I said to him tomorrow you're fighting @anthonyfjoshua, he'd say what time shall I be there!" 😂👏
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