Daniel Dubois has warned Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury he is coming for them.
The heavyweight sensation and is blazing a trail through the division and challenges for the vacant Commonwealth title at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday.
Dubois, who is already 12-0 with 11 stoppages, won the British crown in his last fight and says he will soon be ready for Joshua and Fury.
“I see myself taking over pretty soon,” said the Londoner. “I don’t think I’m far off those fights.
“I’ve just got to set my mind on taking over and knocking out whoever they put in front of me.
“I believe I will emerge as No 1. That’s what I’ve been working towards every day in the gym since I first started.”
Dubois, 22, sparred Joshua at his Sheffield training camp during his time with the GB amateur team a few years back and famously decked him.
He has huge respect for the 2012 Olympic gold medallist, who will attempt to win back his world titles from Andy Ruiz Junior on December 7, but refuses to be overawed by him.
“I sparred Joshua,” he said. “That was a good launchpad into the professional game. Joshua is a good fighter. If he wasn’t, he wouldn’t have been world champion.
“I don’t think it will be too much longer before I’m ready for him. Having that amateur grounding is helping me progress quickly now.”
Dubois, who is already ranked seven by the WBO, gave up his dream of emulating Joshua by fighting at next year’s Tokyo Olympics to turn pro in 2017.
He and his dad, Dave, who ferries him to and from training at Martin Bowers’ Peacock gym in Canning Town because he doesn’t drive, decided he would progress quicker in the paid ranks.
They were right and Dubois became the third-youngest British heavyweight champion when he beat Nathan Gorman in July.
He could yet break Herbie Hide’s record as Britain’s youngest world champion and he was 22 years six months and 23 days when he won the WBO crown for the first time in 1994.
Yet he insists he is in no hurry to get to the top.
“At the time, I sat down with my dad and we looked at my options,” said Dubois who faces undefeated Ghanaian Ebenezer Tetteh on Friday. “Nothing was for certain in amateur boxing the way it works in England.
“If I had not gone to Tokyo, it would have been another four years to the next Olympics, so why waste time?
“It’s worked out well, but there’s no rush to win a world title. Nothing is set in stone. I’ll get there when I get there.
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“Hide was really young when he became world champion. But I’m not really bothered about beating records. I’ll get there, either way, double time or in my own time. It doesn’t matter.”
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