Daniel Dubois goes into the hallowed Royal Albert Hall next month determined to lift the heavy cloud raised over boxing by the latest drugs controversy.
As he strives to add the Commonwealth championship to the British heavyweight title won against Nathan Gorman in spectacular fashion, Dubois says: ‘I am deeply disappointed whenever the question of drugs arises.’
London‘s potential world title challenger announced his fight against Ghana’s African champion Ebenezer Tetteh, on Friday September 27, as Dillian Whyte anxiously awaits the outcome of UKAD’s B-sample test following an adverse steroids finding prior to his recent win over Oscar Rivas at the 02.
Dubois said: ‘We all have to wait and see the outcome with Dillian. Whether he is cleared or loses his license.
‘But in general it is wrong for anyone to use drugs in any sport. Especially boxing. Ours is a very dangerous game.
‘The Albert Hall is a special place for boxing and I intend to put on a fitting performance.’
Promoter Frank Warren affirmed: ‘Daniel sets the ideal example to all youngsters that boxers must be clean and that there is no place for drugs in the gym or the ring. ‘
Tetteh, like Dubois who has KOd ten of his 11 victims thus far, boasts an undefeated knock-out record of 16 stoppages in 19 fights.
Double Olympic champion Nicola Adams returns on the Dubois undercard after almost a year out with injuries, to herself and designated opponents, probably in a world title unification fight.
Adams has not completely ruled out going for a golden Olympic hat-trick, in Tokyo next year, if a mooted rule change to admit full-blooded professionals goes through in time.