Great Britain’s unbeaten heavyweight destroyer, Daniel “Dynamite” Dubois, will take the next step in his career when he faces off against fellow unbeaten Ebenezer Tetteh in a 12-round showdown for the vacant Commonwealth title Friday at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Promoted by Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions, Dubois-Tetteh and select undercard bouts will stream live and exclusively in the United States beginning at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT on ESPN+, the leading multi-sport streaming service.
Dubois (12-0, 11 KOs) is a familiar face to American fight fans, as his last five bouts have streamed live on ESPN+. He has won three in a row by knockout, including a second-round stoppage over former world title challenger Razvan Cojanu in March. The following month, he survived a brutal slugfest to knock out Richard Lartey in four rounds. Dubois authored the signature win of his career July 13, knocking out fellow unbeaten Nathan Gorman in five one-sided rounds to win the British heavyweight title.
Tetteh (19-0, 16 KOs), from the fighting city of Accra, Ghana, is unbeaten but largely untested. He has won six in a row by knockout and is seeking revenge for his countryman Lartey, who provided Dubois with arguably his toughest fight.
In other action streaming on ESPN+:
Nicola Adams (5-0, 3 KOs), a two-time Olympic gold medalist for Great Britain, will make the first defense of her WBO flyweight world title against Maria Salinas (21-7-3, 7 KOs).
Archie Sharp (16-0, 8 KOs) will make the second defense of his WBO European 130-pound belt in a 10-rounder against Dublin’s Declan Geraghty (19-4, 4 KOs).
Daniel Dubois ready to shine
HEAVYWEIGHT boxing’s shining light Daniel Dubois feels he’s in a real-life Colosseum when he goes into battle at the Royal Albert Hall.
Dubois (12-0, 11KOs) challenges Ghana’s Ebenezer Tetteh (19-0, 16KOs) for the vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title on Friday October 27 at the famous venue that has stood since 1871.
Promoter Frank Warren believes the historic hall will become the sensational London prospect’s fighting home, following in the footsteps of heavyweight greats who have boxed there.
Dubois, 21, headlined at the London venue in March, and was inspired. Then he slaughtered Razvan Cojanu inside two rounds at the 135 foot domed venue, claiming the WBO European crown.
He has promised the same treatment for Tetteh adding: “You look up and it’s like a gladiators colosseum and you feel the energy.
“It’s real and it gives you a good feeling that you’re about to go out and handle business.
“It is a very good arena. When it’s packed out you feel the buzz of the crowd and it gives you energy.”
Dubois who beat Nathan Gorman to become British champion in his last fight is astonished to be following his idols who have fought at the atmospheric arena in Kensington, when he performs there for the second time in little more than six months.
Muhammad Ali boxed exhibition matches at the iconic venue in 1971 and 1979 in Farewell to London, the Magic of Ali.
British heavyweight greats Lennox Lewis, Frank Bruno, Henry Cooper, Joe Bugner, Don Cockell and Tommy Farr all boxed there.
And in 1968 Theotis Martin’s classic win against fellow American Thad Spencer is widely considered as one of the most exciting non-title heavyweight contests ever. Primo Carnera also boxed there six times.
“It is my job to come through in style. I haven’t really studied Tetteh. I just want to fight and win again.
“Every challenge brings something different and I get better each time I fight.
“I believe I am world class and it is only a matter of time before I am up there with the big names.
“I am a man on a mission and not going to be stopped. It will be fireworks on Friday and a devastating performance is coming.
“The Larry Holmes compliment is great to have especially from Frank. He has been in the business a long time and knows what he’s talking about.”
“I have watched Daniel v Lartey and Gorman and know what I have to do to beat him on Friday.
“I gave Lartey sparring and I am better than him. I can move and punch.
“I expect to beat Daniel. Lartey gave him a good fight but I will finish Dubois.
“I want to take the title home and be the first Ghanaian Commonwealth heavyweight champion.”
“I will be nervous on fight night, but it is good to be back. If I wasn’t nervous it would mean I am underestimating my opponent.
“I have been sparring with Kid Galahad who is really difficult to hit. If I can land on him I can land on anybody.
“Maria will stand in front of me and they are the best to face because they’re there to get hit.
“I have a lot of goals. I want to unify the flyweight division and this is the first step in the right direction.
“It means a lot to box at the Royal Albert Hall where my hero Muhammad Ali did. It is special.”
“Declan is a very good fighter and we all know he can box. I will adapt to anyone’s style and whatever he brings I will match.
“I believe I’m a great fighter and they adapt to any style. I have done tests and I am bigger, stronger and quicker than 12 months ago.
“The fight will be how I want to fight and I have an answer to it all.
“He has been chinned and that must play on any man’s head. The WBO champion Jamel Herring has been mentioned as a future opponent, but I am not overlooking Declan.”
“I’m here to spoil the party. I am gonna come forward and put the pressure on him.
“Archie is a good boxer, rangy, switches and moves well. I’m not really worried about him because he hasn’t been tested. He beat Lyon Woodstock and Jordan McCorry who I don’t rate at all.
“No ifs or buts, I am becoming WBO European super-featherweight. I’m a crazy Irishman and here to fight.
“If he has overlooked me he is silly. I think it’s down to who has the best boxing IQ.”
Daniel Dubois headlines the bill when he meets Ghana’s Ebenezer Tetteh for the vacant Commonwealth heavyweight crown and WBO flyweight champion Nicola Adams defends her title for the first time against experienced Mexican Maria Salinas, live on BT Sport.
The card will also feature WBO European super-featherweight champion Archie Sharp who makes his second title defence against Dublin’s Declan Geraghty.
Middleweight banger Denzel Bentley, heavyweight Jonathan Palata, lightweight Mohammad Bilal Ali and precocious bantamweight talent Dennis McCann are also in action.
Exciting prospects Lewis Edmondson, Eithan James and Sam Noakes all make their professional debuts.
Tickets for the September 27 bill at the Royal Albert Hall are available to purchase from www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.royalalberthall.com. Prices £40, £50, £75, £100, £150 Ringside.