Frank Warren column: The return of Daniel Dubois, Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3 and Jake Paul

The Hall of Fame promoter speaks about Tyson Fury’s preparation for Deontay Wilder, Daniel Dubois’ ring return and a stacked undercard in Telford.

Published: 3 June 2021 - 5.07pm

Unbeaten and brimming with promise, 23-year-old Daniel Dubois was heavyweight boxing’s hottest prospect before his dream - and eye socket - was shattered by the impregnable Joe Joyce.

Frank Warren previews his eagerly anticipated ring return, as well as providing an update on Tyson Fury's preparations for his third showdown with Deontay Wilder.

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There’s a lot of pressure on Dubois to show what he’s made of. I think this could be the making of him, this fight. This could be the one where he shows everybody what he is, what his inner strength is and it’s an important fight.

He’s fighting for the WBA interim heavyweight title and that puts him in a great position with what’s going on in the division.

It’s a tough fight for him [against Romanian veteran Bogdan Dinu] and the way the fight ended against Joe Joyce left some people with quite a lot of questions, which I think will be answered on Saturday - live on BT Sport 1HD & Ultimate from 7pm.

Dinu is a good fighter, he’s only got two defeats and they’ve been to world-ranked fighters. He’s the interim champion so I think for Daniel this is a step up, there’s no doubt about that.

Dinu's got a lot on the line, hasn’t he? For him, if he wins the WBA are saying the winner has got to fight for the main title.

I want Daniel to be involved in big fights. I think he’s ready for them - we’ll see if he’s ready for them after this fight – if he is ready, I think he should go for it.

He’s a quality operator. He’s done everything that’s been asked of him, except his last fight, and it’s not like he took a pasting in his last fight, it’s just that he couldn’t operate because of his eye and he was in front on points on two of the judges’ scorecards.

From his perspective, it’s his moment to get back into it.

From Tommy Fury to Nathan Heaney, returning fans in Telford will be treated to an unmissable undercard on Saturday. Frank Warren previews the show and provides an update on Joe Joyce.

Joyce, we kept him in position because we thought the fight was going to happen between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua and that would have given him the fight with Oleksandr Usyk. It doesn’t look like that’s to be now, but Joe is still the mandatory and he’ll get his opportunity more or less straight away.

He wants to be out and we will get him out in July. He’s been inactive for a long time, he needs to capitalise on that win that he had.

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Nathan Heaney’s got more supporters than all of them. He was selling out the venue in Stoke, they love him. What I want to try and deliver for him is to get him a world title shot at his local football ground. That’s what he wants and we’re going to work very hard to try and make that happen for him. He’s colourful, you see him coming into the ring, he sings, he dances, he’s a real showman.

Tommy Fury is a novice. He’s only had five fights so he’s got a long way to go. He hadn’t had any amateur fights for a couple of years. The problem he’s got, he’s got a lot of followers on Instagram, he’s got all these things going for him but the truth of the matter is he’s a novice and he’s got a long way to go yet.

We’ve spoken to Showtime [about the Jake Paul fight] and they’ve indicated they’ll be up for it so we’ll see what happens. If he wants to fight Tommy then I’ll do that in a heartbeat.

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder are preparing for a trilogy bout after an arbitrator ruled the fight must go ahead. What does Warren make of Wilder’s training? What is Fury’s mindset?

I don’t think Wilder’s ambitions have changed because he is what he is, a fighting man. He’s got to change his gameplan completely to have a chance with Tyson.

In the first fight Tyson lost all that weight after two comeback fights. I thought he got robbed but in the second fight he destroyed him. So what can he bring to the party this time?

The only thing he can do is to try and box because we know he can punch, he’s not going to punch any harder than he punches. He needs to box and outthink Tyson and I think he can train until he’s 200-years-old, I don’t think he’s ever going to do that!

The fact of the matter is - and you’ve got to take your hat off to him for his mentality - he feels he can do a job and he can win the fight so we’ll see if he can do that, but for me Tyson’s on a different planet.

They only thing I worry about is the big layoff in between fights for Tyson but the good thing is he’s been constantly training. It’s not like he’s been putting on weight, he’s been training hard and he’s been focussed on that.

We’re all dissatisfied. Who can be happy with what happened? I’m certainly not happy with what happened, I know Tyson isn’t but you can’t go against the arbitrator.

If you say to the arbitrator I’m going to vacate the belt, you’ll be sued for millions and millions of dollars by Wilder’s people. It is what it is, you’ve got to get on with it. The fact of the matter is, the way it was handled it was handled and we are where we are, nothing can change that.

Watch Daniel Dubois’ return against Bogdan Dinu from 7pm on Saturday 5 June on BT Sport 1HD & Ultimate.