By Oliver McManus @OliverGMcManus
Prodigious Peacock’s Gym heavyweight Daniel Dubois looks to continue his rampage for ‘all the belts’ this Friday (September 27th) with the 22 year old facing Ebenzer Tetteh. Dubois, fighting three weeks after his birthday, looks for a late birthday celebration while his elder counterpart, 31 years old, will back himself to spoil any such party.
For Dubois this looks a relatively comfortable assignment having faced Nathan Gorman in a hotly anticipated contest in July. The reality, however, could be starkly different in terms of just how slippery Tetteh could be; much like Richard Lartey, who Dubois faced in April, you can look forward to lots of flailing arms and wild punches from the Ghanaian. Of course Dubois should still be expected to win, it would be absurd to suggest otherwise, but I suspect he’ll be wanting more of a ‘flamboyant’ opponent than we’ve seen in the past.
Flamboyant because we’ve seen from Dubois, in his one dour contest against Kevin Johnson, that he had a proclivity to try the same tricks each round. It is the more aggressive and open style of boxing that Dubois best responds to: as we saw perfectly against Gorman. In that fight, for the vacant British title, there was a serious amount of pressure being piled on the young man and he simply refused to buckle nor to shirk from the challenge.
All about that jab
The most impressive attribute he has displayed over the course of his twelve fight career has been an tungsten-esque jab that has proved to be the downfall of many a man. It’s not just the strength and frequency of the punch but, moreover, the variations to which he uses it; against Lartey it was a firm right hand to stop any incoming punches, against Cojanu it was almost a holding shot to set up body shots and today it was a soft left to tempt Gorman into leaving a gap. However he chooses to unfurl the punch, it never ceases to have a devastating tactical impact in getting the opponent exactly where Dubois wants him.
I think, as well, we need to remember just how young he is and remember that he has the time not to be rushed along with his development. He is continually accepting new challenges and, whilst it might be a backwards step in comparison to Gorman, is fighting regularly. And to be clear this is merely a bout that opens up more doors for the future – he can add the Commonwealth title to his British, English and Southern Area belts and then he’s only two away from the full set (European and World).
Ebenezer Tetteh is no scrooge, though he could wind up playing that role, and actually has quite an interesting hinterland – interesting, that is, if you are an ‘anorak’ to coin a phrase levied at me on more than one occasion. The Accra born fighter initially started his career floating around the light-heavyweight scene between 2012 and 2014 before a return in 2016 saw him rapidly moving through the divisions. He registered success relative to his ability in picking up the WBA Pan African light-heavy and Ghanaian Cruiserweight straps before coming to my attention in December 2017 when he fought for the WBO African heavyweight title.
His opponent on that night, December 16th, was Boniface Kabore of Burkina Faso and the bout was ‘big bucks’ for its billing with the winner received 30,000 Ghanaian cedi (which equates to around £5,000) and the large crowd were not to be disappointed as Tetteh swept to victory within two rounds. A win for Kabore would have seen him become an overnight millionaire to the tune of over 3million West African Francs. The pace was high and it was fought like a street brawl with Kabore swinging violently and Tetteh finding considerable success with a digging hook to the ribs before deciding to simply bruise his way past Kabore. Trudging forward as he loaded up with each and every punch it came to a sweet end when a peach right hook flawed his opponent.
That’s the sort of vim and vigour you can expect, certainly hope, he’ll bring to the table just to make Daniel Dubois think a little bit.
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