By Jeff Powell For The Daily Mail
Published: 17:07 BST, 2 September 2020 | Updated: 19:18 BST, 2 September 2020
Daniel Dubois has been elevated to No 2 contender for the WBO heavyweight championship.
That not only edges him tantalisingly close to a world title shot at only 22 but also throws a potential spanner into the works for the much-anticipated super-fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury.
Oleksandr Usyk is the mandatory challenger to Joshua with the WBO, who are demanding that this fight takes place in the new year.
Daniel Dubois has been elevated to No 2 contender for the WBO heavyweight championship
With Usyk, who has moved up to heavyweight after becoming the only fighter in history to be the undisputed WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO cruiserweight champion, is insisting that he will not accept step-aside money to let Fury-Joshua happen first.
That would leave Joshua having to choose between postponing a date for the clash with Fury or relinquishing the WBO belt.
The latter would deprive himself or the Gypsy King of any prospect of winning the undisputed heavyweight crown.
If that happens Dubois will find himself propelled into a title fight with Usyk after just