Daniel Dubois Batters Tom Little, Stops Him in Fifth Round

By Keith Idec

Daniel Dubois extended his knockout streak Saturday night in London.

The unbeaten British heavyweight prospect stopped Tom Little in the fifth round on the Martin Murray-Roberto Garcia undercard at O2 Arena. London’s Dubois has now knocked out each of his eight professional opponents.

The 20-year-old Dubois dropped Little with a body shot in the fourth round. Once the hard-hitting Dubois unloaded a barrage of unanswered body and head shots early in the fifth round, referee Terry O’Connor stepped in to stop the one-sided fight 58 seconds into the fifth.


If nothing else, the 6-feet-5, 236½-pound Dubois boxed beyond the third round for the first time since making his pro debut in April 2017.

The 6-feet-6, 250-pound Little predicted he’d take Dubois deep into their fight and punish the highly regarded prospect. A poised Dubois delivered virtually all of the punishment, though, on his way to winning the British Boxing Board of Control heavyweight title.

The 30-year-old Little lost by knockout in a second straight fight and for the third time since making his pro debut in July 2011. Croatia’s Filip Hrgovic (5-0, 4 KOs) stopped Little (10-6, 3 KOs) in the fourth round of Little’s previous bout, a scheduled eight-rounder January 27 in Riga, Latvia.

Dubois floored Little by connecting with a left hand to the body about 40 seconds into the fourth round. Little complained to O’Connor that the left to the body Dubois landed later in the fourth was a low blow, but O’Connor ordered Little to continue fighting.

A flush right hand by Dubois caused Little to retreat about 45 seconds into the third round.

Dubois landed a combination to the head and then a right to the body that made Little hold him when there was just over a minute remaining in the second round. Dubois battered Little with an array of power punches to the head later in the second round, but Little landed a hard left hook that temporarily stopped Dubois from throwing punches.

Dubois tagged Little with an overhand right just prior to the halfway mark of the first round. A left hook by Dubois wobbled Little with just under a minute left in the first.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by juggernaut666 on 06-24-2018

[QUOTE=Chrismart;18887068]Just looking at BoxingMonthly's British rankings : 1: Anthony Joshua 2: Dillian Whyte 3: Tony Bellew 4: Hughie Fury 5: Joe Joyce 6: Dereck Chisora 7: Daniel Dubois 8: David Price 9: David Haye 10: Nathan Gorman You should probably…

Comment by Chrismart on 06-24-2018

Just looking at BoxingMonthly's British rankings : 1: Anthony Joshua 2: Dillian Whyte 3: Tony Bellew 4: Hughie Fury 5: Joe Joyce 6: Dereck Chisora 7: Daniel Dubois 8: David Price 9: David Haye 10: Nathan Gorman You should probably…

Comment by Sincingship on 06-24-2018

[QUOTE=Tony Mangtana;18886993]Yep, that sounds like th right idea for Dubois. He looked impressive last night. I’d like to see the Gorman fight. I think that’d be interesting.. [/QUOTE] I’d like to see that fight too, unfortunately Frank has said it…

Comment by Tony Mangtana on 06-24-2018

[QUOTE=BigZ44;18886248]While Yarde has been matched terribly, I think they've managed Dubois very well. I'd go for one defense of the English title in the Fall (somebody like Nick Webb or Kash Ali) followed by an experienced guy like Lewison or…

Comment by Mick Higgs on 06-24-2018

Be nice to see him on a major overseas card for a bit more experience. Unfortunately being with Frank Warren it's highly unlikely to happen anytime soon.

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