- Dubois vs Fujimoto goes Saturday, December 21st, at 4:00 PM ET
- Can Dubois score yet another highlight-reel caliber KO win?
- Can Fujimoto pull off one of the upsets of the year as 2019 comes to a close?
Daniel Dubois vs Kyotaro Fujimoto is a twelve-round heavyweight contest for the vacant WBC Silver title and the WBO International title at the Copper Box Arena in London this Saturday (Dec. 21, 4:00 PM ET).
Dubois has collected a few WBO belts over the years and looks to add some additional WBC leather to his collection. Fujimoto held and defended the WBO Asia Pacific belt and now looks to step up to the next tier in this bout. As you will see in the odds, below, sportsbooks don’t give him much of a chance of doing so.
Dubois vs Fujimoto Odds
Odds taken Dec. 18.
Dubois has carved out his name as the British and Commonwealth champion. His last fight was a first-round knockout of Ebenezer Tetteh 130 seconds into the bout. His opponent’s body language and countenance indicated an opponent that was broken before the bell even rang.
Fujimoto seems more mentally prepared and is looking to really seize the moment. The challenger’s multi-colored hair and entertaining interviews claiming he has been training with a panda bear have been entertaining. Promotional histrionics don’t always translate into in-ring success, however.
Double D Gets the W
This marks the fifth fight of the year for Dubois. A lot of pundits and fans are theorizing this will be his last bout at the UK level. The notion is that his handlers will ready Dubois for competition on the world-championship level from 2020 and onward.
The WBC silver belt is on the line in Dubois vs Fujimoto and it has historically been a stepping stone en route to a world-title shot. Time will tell if this ends up being the case but the potential and skill are certainly there for the Briton. Fujimoto and Dubois clearly have a mutual level of respect, though, and pleasantries have been exchanged in the lead-up.
? Japanese heavyweight Kyotaro Fujimoto with a respectful gesture to Daniel Dubois’ promoter Frank Warren ahead of their fight on Saturday…[?️ @BTSportBoxing] pic.twitter.com/rYEernjkGn
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) December 18, 2019
Dubois is eleven years younger than Fujimoto. He also has a five-inch advantage in both the height and reach department. Dubois is a true specimen and promoter Frank Warren is cognizant of the star potential he has to work with.
Dubois’ dedication to his craft coupled with the thoughtful, well-paced star building efforts of Warren can create a real player in the heavyweight world title picture in the years to come.
Fujimoto is relishing in his role as the underdog and is excited to finally get an opportunity like this after a twenty-plus fight career.
Dubois vs Fujimoto Tale of the Tape
|Ebenezer Tetteh, Nathan Gorman, Richard Lartey
|Nobuhiro Ishida, Will Nasio, Aaron Russell
The 22-year-old heavyweight berzerker has preternatural knockout power and inspires a lot of fear among heavyweights the world over. It goes beyond just sheer power, though, as Dubois has shown to have good mechanics and had made improvements in technique with each fight.
Strangely enough, Fujimoto is the ranked opponent (recognized by the WBA) while Dubois is not recognized in that rankings hierarchy. I imagine all of that is going to change once the proverbial dust settles. Dubois gets the knockout win inside of four rounds.
Pick: Daniel Dubois (-10000)