Hard-hitting Londoner Daniel Dubois knocked out Ebenezer Tetteh on Friday night. Betfair's boxing writer Frankie Monkhouse looks at the heavyweight's future...
"Newspapers and media sites are, rather predictably, mentioning Triple D as a future opponent for the likes of Derek Chisora and David Price."
British heavyweight sensation Daniel Dubois added yet another knockout win to his CV when dispatching African Ebenezer Tetteh inside a round on Friday night, in a bout to decide the future of the vacant Commonwealth title.
The pre-fight betting suggested it would be an easy night's work for 6ft 5inch Londoner Dubois and the 22-year-old Dynamite lived up to his name by ending things after 2:10 of the opener.
Dubois blows Tetteh away
Fans favourite Dubois was barely out of his stool and he saw his overmatched opponent go crashing to the canvas following a short barrage of punches which included a heavy body blow. Tetteh - seemingly desperate to put on a show in his first fight outside of Ghana - rose to his feet in plenty of time to beat the 10 count but wasn't upright for long.
Another quickfire assault downed the 31-year-old from Accra and this time referee Mark Lyson had enough. He waved off the contest and although Tetteh offered reluctance, he cut the figure of a relieved man. If he had been allowed to fight on much longer there's every chance the visitor would've sustained serious injury.
More to come from Triple D
It's worth mentioning that Tetteh entered the ring with an impressive professional record reading 19 wins from as many contests and was confident he had what it takes to claim number 20. The underdog had stopped 16 of his previous opponents inside the distance, resulting in a KO average that demanded respect. He had never boxed outside of Africa, however, and his opponents didn't rate too well on the stats. For those who knew what they were looking for it was obvious this bout was only going to end one way.
It's also worth noting that, for as good as Dubois was before a sell-out audience, he never got out of first gear and that's frightening. He tee'd his man up with fast jabs before stepping in behind the left hand to land sharp combinations to both head and body. Tetteh got little more than a taste of his rival's power but it was enough and there was plenty more to come if he had managed to stay on his feet. It's better to be stopped too early than too late when in with a puncher like DDD.
Still too early to gamble
Dubois showed he was head and shoulders above Tetteh and sent out a message to Frank Warren, the Peacock Gym coaching staff and fans across the world that he's willing and able to make another step up in class.
Newspapers and media sites are, rather predictably, mentioning Triple D as a future opponent for the likes of Dereck Chisora and David Price. There's no doubt, if the youngster keeps progressing at his current speed, he'll be knocking on the door of another all-British classic early next year. Chisora meets Joe Parker on 26 October and is 6/4 on the Sportsbook to win.
When mapping a course for a young heavyweight prospect it's worth being sensible. Yes, Dubois has looked electric so far and it's obvious he's ready to step up. He has a fantastic jab and heavy hands but he's still very inexperienced and his punch power means he has fought less than 40 rounds as a professional since making his debut in April 2017. We're sure to see Dubois in another title fight before the end of the year, possibly defending his Commonwealth strap, but Warren and co are unlikely to take on any gambles with their prized asset just yet.