‘They Couldn’t Commit to Training Me’ – Daniel Dubois Explains His Split From Billy Joe Saunders’ Trainer Mark Tibbs

Published 05/25/2021, 1:00 PM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 07: Daniel Dubois speaks to the media during a Boxing Press Conference at The Landmark London on December 7, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)


The heavyweight division is arguably the most exciting right now in boxing. While the champions have cemented their place at the top, there are several challengers. And one such is highly rated 23-year-old Daniel ‘Dynamite’ Dubois.

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The young Englishman suffered his first setback in November to Joe Joyce. However, at just 23, he is still a threat and an exciting prospect among the heavyweights. And ahead of his return, Dubois has explained his split from Billy Joe Saunders’ trainer Mark Tibbs.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 03: Daniel Dubois warms up during a Media Workout at Kings Gym on October 3, 2018 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

The 15-1 boxer spoke to SecondsOut on YouTube and cleared the air on the matter. He said, “Mark and Jimmy, they couldn’t really commit to training me. And you know, they let me know that they couldn’t commit, and they had other things going on, and just, wasn’t, wasn’t able to do it.”

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Thus, this comment put to bed any rumors of him splitting with them because of their union with Billy Joe Saunders. Many suspected the two brits had a rivalry given Saunders’ comments on Dubois after his loss to Joe Joyce. However, Dubois shut down those claims with his message of support to Saunders after his defeat.

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Daniel Dubois explains how he chose his new trainer

The comments from Dubois showed it had nothing to do with an external party. This hinted that the 23-year-old and his former trainers are still on good terms. And he confirmed this when he explained how he picked his new coach Shane McGuigan.

Dubois said, “They helped me make up my mind and Shane is some guy we knew from my… Caroline, my sister was training with him. You know, before her Olympic journey, it sorta started, and I just thought, yea, I’ll go for it.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 08: Daniel Dubois of Great Britain celebrates after defeating Mauricio Barragan of Uruguay in their WBC World Youth Heavyweight Championship bout at Copper Box Arena on July 8, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

The choice of going with someone who they know showed that the young heavyweight prefers a close-knit team around him. Furthermore, McGuigan will be in his corner as he faces Bogdan Dinu next. Only time will tell how much of a difference this will make.

What do you make of these comments from Daniel Dubois? Do you think the change in trainer will take Dubois to the next level?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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