Sergey Lapin blasts “quitter” Dubois for “dirty fight with illegal punches”
Exclusive with Oleksandr Usyk’s team manager and coach Sergey Lapin, who does not hold back!
Speaking with Casino Alpha Oleksandr Usyk’s coach Sergey Lapin questioned Daniel Dubois and his team's strategy, stating that it was clear they came for a scrap instead of a boxing fight and resorted to “illegal punches” in desparation. He also slammed the Brit for “quitting” and claimed he doesn't have the mentality to become a champion.Usyk stopped Dubois in round nine of their war in Wroclaw last weekend, but Dubois' low blow in round five has been scrutinised for it's legality ever since fight night.
Hear what the outspoken trainer had to say below:
Daniel Dubois’ strategy was to make Usyk fight a “street fight” with “illegal punches”
“From our view at ringside, we could tell foul play was a part of Dubois' strategy from the beginning of the fight. It was clear they had been preparing to reduce the art of boxing to a street fight. It was clear they had planned to make it a dirty fight with illegal punches. It was Dubois' only option to slow Usyk down – and this is evident in the one sided, dominant beatdown Usyk handed out.
“When you're in the ring with someone like Usyk, who is so much more advanced than you in every department, Dubois' only hope was to try and win by any means necessary. Fortunately this is heavyweight boxing, not a bar room brawl, and we have experienced referees in place. The referee rightly gave Usyk the time needed to recover and any suggestion he was acting is ridiculous. I could see Dubois tiring and getting hit more and more – the illegal punch was simply an act of desperation.”
Dubois is a “quitter” and will never become champion
“A few rounds later – and the real talking point of the fight – Dubois once again fell to his knee, like he did against Joe Joyce. Dubois quit again and will in the future. He is a big man, he has a punch, but becoming a champion requires more than that. Dubois lacks the mentality to become a champion – quitting and then complaining after the fight are examples of this.
“But at least he signed to fight – unlike Tyson Fury who is more concerned about being a Netflix star than defending his WBC belt. Usyk is the best of this generation and is willing to prove it. Talks are open again about fighting in Saudi in January, but when Fury is involved – don't bet your life savings on it happening.”
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