DANIEL DUBOIS will be eyeing up the talent when Gary Cornish and Sam Sexton fight for the vacant British heavyweight title on Friday night.

Dubois is a man of few words so don’t expect to see him ringside in Edinburgh throwing down challenges to the winner.

While he sits at his London home watching the fight on BoxNation he’ll certainly be thinking how he will deal with the winner.

All respect to Gary and Sam who I’m sure will keep TV viewers happy, but Dubois would be a huge favourite to beat either, despite having had just a handful of professional fights.

Although Dubois only celebrated his 20th birthday last month, he is in his 21st year and now permitted to fight 12 rounds by the British Boxing Board of Control and launch a British title challenge.

It seems certain that promoter Frank Warren will attempt to lure the winner of Cornish v Sexton with an offer they cannot refuse to face Dubois in their first defence.

I like to hold back on praise for young prospects, but some of the finest brains in British boxing - particularly at Team GB HQ in Sheffield - insist that Dubois is for real.

Word is spreading and even Britain’s world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua who he has sparred with admits their paths will cross for real.

It will be a certain stadium fight and although Joshua’s path looks pretty clear right now Dubois is the active British heavyweight he has most to fear from long-term.

For now though Dubois will wait patiently knowing that his time will come, and although he already has the Southern Area and WBC Youth titles, the British crown is expected to be his first major belt.

Let’s hope Scot Cornish and Norwich’s Sexton do the British title proud and stick one up the boxing snobs who have turned their noses up at their fight.

Fair play to the British Boxing Board of Control for getting the title active and hopefully regularly contested again.

Since David Price beat Matt Skelton in November 2012, the British heavyweight championship has only been fought for three times.

Price’s win was the last heavyweight title defence. Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte have all won the belt since, but never defended.



Britain’s bigger name heavyweights like Tony Bellew, Dereck Chisora, Hughie Fury, David Haye, Joshua and Whyte have had bigger fish to fry or larger pay cheques to worry about.

Price is still easing his way back, Dave Allen has a Commonwealth title fight while Nathan Gorman has a great eliminator against Nick Webb.

Of course, we're all waiting for the man who conquered Wladimir Klitschko before Joshua, Tyson Fury to return and when he does he’ll be in world title contention quickly.

So, there can be little complaints about Cornish whose only setback in 25 fights came against Joshua and Sexton whose defeats came against Chisora twice and Price when he was on a hot streak.

Okay the winner is unlikely to trouble the scorers at world level, but let’s hope they deliver and set themselves up for a handsome payday or two, even if it looks like they might be keeping the Lonsdale belt warm for Dubois.



I was lucky to enough to spend Tuesday making part of a Fighter By Trade special with Carl Frampton at new trainer Jamie Moore’s gym.

What I saw was a happy boxer totally at ease and looking comfortable at a gym where characters like Moore’s assistant Nigel Travis and Tommy Coyle are larger than life.

A happy fighter is a dangerous fighter and Frampton is clearly in the mood to win another world title with the support of Moore, new promoter Frank Warren, and TV networks BT and BoxNation.