Daniel Dubois revealed he was delighted to be in comparison with Rocky villain Ivan Drago by heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.
Nevertheless, the 22-year-old admitted he didn’t know who the fearsome Russian antagonist from the fourth instalment of the boxing film franchise was.
The Greenwich-native returns to motion on Saturday night time on the BT Sports activities studios in London as he takes on Ricardo Snijders in a heavyweight bout.
Dubois can be hoping to safe a sometimes harmful knockout earlier than dealing with Joe Joyce later this yr as he continues his world title tilt.
His rise to prominence and reticent method exterior of the ring helped him seize the eye of WBC heavyweight champion Fury, who maintains the teenager reminds him of Drago.
Fury had advised BT Sport: “Daniel Dubois. He’s an enormous, robust lad and no matter he hits falls.
“He’s an enormous like Ivan Drago, isn’t he? – ‘I’ll hit you and break you, it doesn’t matter what occurs’.”
Responding to the comparability, Dubois revealed whereas he has no thought who Drago is, he’s simply completely happy to obtain reward from somebody like Fury.
Dubois, 22,: “I don’t know who Ivan Drago is,” advised The Mirror. “But it surely’s good when somebody like Tyson Fury praises you.
“He’s on the high of the tree, the No1 within the division, in order that’s good. He’s somebody I like as a fighter.”
Dubois added he enjoys watching ‘The Gypsy King’ in motion for his versatility within the ring; highlighting his second bout with Deontay Wilder as the proper instance.
He added: “He beat Wladimir Klitschko to develop into world champion the primary time after which he beat Deontay Wilder to do it once more.
“It was the best way he beat Wilder the second time and he beat him at his personal recreation. He confirmed he can win fights any approach.
“It doesn’t enhance me, although. I don’t want individuals to say good issues about me to spice up my confidence.
“I’m assured in my capacity and what I can obtain if I proceed to work laborious and hearken to these round me.”