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'I can beat all the best heavyweights in the world': Top British prospect Daniel Dubois ready to take step up and face Oleksandr Usyk if Anthony Joshua vacates WBO belt to set up mega-fight with Tyson Fury Daniel Dubois could be handed a world title shot after just 15 professional fights The unbeaten 22-year-old is relishing the chance to step up after 14 knockouts Oleksandr Usyk is the mandatory challenger to Anthony Joshua's WBO title Joshua may need to relinquish the belt in order to set up a fight with Tyson Fury

By Jeff Powell For The Daily Mail

Published: 17:07 BST, 2 September 2020 | Updated: 19:18 BST, 2 September 2020

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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

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

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