IT was a kick within the enamel when Ismael Salas went down with Covid and to search out out he wouldn’t have the ability to be in my nook. However I did a number of work with Steve Broughton within the camp and he knew the gameplan and I felt comfy and comfortable. Salas had come over for a bit however then he needed to go once more. I used to be coaching with Steve all through the entire camp so I wasn’t going to tug out of the combat as a result of Salas wasn’t going to be in my nook. Salas had been capable of get to work on the gameplan and what I wanted to do on this combat so then it was working with Steve on what we wanted to do and I used to be comfortable that I might do it with out him being there in individual. I knew what I needed to do and I’ve acquired an excellent crew round me so I used to be assured in my capability.
Steve is a superb coach, does nice pads, he’s acquired nice recommendation within the nook and he is aware of his stuff.
Daniel’s a really large puncher however I managed to get his respect with my jab. I managed to land it however he was nonetheless coming ahead and he hit me with some large pictures. I nonetheless really feel them now. He’ll positively come once more. It was powerful in there. I believe it was the third spherical when he unloaded a flurry of pictures to try to take me out. However I took a number of them solely glancingly and used my footwork and head motion to get away from them and hold going at him with the jab. That was busting him up. I believe his nostril was bleeding and he was eye was beginning to swell up even then. So I stored on doing what I used to be doing and the jab was touchdown.
Say I’d land the jab, thrown the appropriate hand and was about to throw the left hook or any of the opposite combos, I felt like one thing was going to come back again at me and that one thing can be actually heavy. So I needed to simply hold it fairly primary and outbox him and I believed that was working.
I believe I do have the toughest chin in world boxing now. However that’s not what I used to be counting on. I believed I did sufficient with my footwork and head motion. However I did get hit with a number of pictures. One made my ear ring, I’m nonetheless aching now. However hopefully he’s doing alright and his eye’s going to be advantageous for the subsequent combat.
I seen he was respiration closely even from the second spherical. He was respiration by means of his mouth fairly closely and once I was selecting up the tempo, he was actually feeling it.
After some time, I believe it was the ninth spherical, I knew I had him. It was only a matter of time earlier than I took him out. When he took the knee I used to be pondering, ‘Nice. It’s executed. I’ve gained.’
That final shot was a heavy jab. I believe I slipped his jab and threw my jab with full power, with my physique weight. I believe he knew that was sufficient.
He took it on himself to finish it proper there as a result of he felt it was solely going to worsen. There was nothing he might do at the moment to win the combat.
I felt good. I felt relieved after he took a knee and acquired counted out. That was nice. I felt actually good. I’d achieved what I got here to do and shut up lots of people. And a few folks gained some huge cash as properly.
He was clearly the favorite. [One judge had Dubois five rounds up at the time of the stoppage.] They have been going to try to rob me of the combat however I made certain that didn’t occur. I needed to knock him out due to the magnitude of the combat, the issues he’d stated. I simply needed to present the followers a spectacular end.
I believe everybody underrated me, underestimated me and even once I do win, then it’s ‘as a result of Daniel didn’t do that…’
I broke his will and his eye socket.
I believe Frank Warren did point out one thing a few rematch however are you joking? What’s the purpose of a rematch. I’ll solely simply beat him once more. I believe he must rebuild. I believe he’s a confidence fighter and his confidence was dented. There’s no level taking a tough rematch in opposition to a tough opponent like myself.
I’d wish to combat for the WBO world title. If that will get vacated by Anthony Joshua, there’s that combat with Oleksandr Usyk which might be an amazing combat and an amazing rematch. Hopefully I generally is a world title holder early subsequent 12 months.
Since I fought Usyk within the World Collection of Boxing, I’ve discovered lots. I’ll be lots higher and I’ll have a coaching camp the place I can have southpaw sparring and get completely ready for what he brings.
It’s not like Usyk knocked out Dereck Chisora spectacularly, so going right into a combat with him I’d by no means be nervous about his energy. I do know he doesn’t hit arduous sufficient. That’s very harmful with me. As a result of if I believe you may’t hit arduous sufficient I’m going to come back ahead with extra pictures. I wouldn’t be nervous to throw pictures.
A combat with Joshua would positively be an enormous combat. It will be an enormous combat with both of them. 2021, that’s my 12 months.