Richard Lartey claims that his April 27 heavyweight opponent Daniel Dubois has been spoon-fed a diet of mismatched opposition across his professional career to date.
The Ghanaian, 14-1, takes on Greenwich’s 10-0 Dubois at the SSE Arena in Wembley – live on BT Sport – and will attempt to halt the impressive rise of the 21-year-old, who has drawn comparisons in some quarters with the progression of Anthony Joshua at the same stage of the Olympic gold medallist’s career.
Dubois has already collected four belts in his 10 fights so far – the WBC Youth, Southern Area, English and WBO European – and is already ranked in the world top 15 by the WBO.
His career path has done little to impress Lartey, whose only defeat came via injury-enforced retirement. The Accra-based heavy insists the race towards world title contention will be won by him.
“Daniel’s opponents have been terrible,” said the 6foot 5inch executor of 11 KOs. “They have been feeding him baby food, now they are trying to feed him premium African steak – big mistake!”
“People are saying Daniel is the next Anthony Joshua but they are wrong. It is me! I am the next Anthony Joshua and I will be champion, not Daniel!”