To reduce the number of titles, the WBA has ordered 'Super' heavyweight champion Oleksander Usyk to face 'Regular' champ Daniel Dubois.
This move could potentially jeopardize the undisputed heavyweight title fight between IBF, WBA, and WBO champion Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs) and WBC champion Tyson Fury.
However, because Dubois and Fury are promoted by the same company, Queensbury Promotion, it will be a simple matter for them to arrange for Daniel to step aside so that Tyson can face Usyk for the undisputed title.
Dubois would then face the winner of the Fury vs. Usyk fight, assuming the IBF does not intervene.
The International Boxing Federation has already scheduled Usyk's next defense against IBF mandatory Filip Hrgovic. Hrgovic's promoter, Eddie Hearn, has stated repeatedly that Usyk must defend against him next, but the IBF may allow the Fury vs. Usyk fight to take place.
Once that fight is over, the IBF will almost certainly insist on giving Hrgovic his shot, which means Dubois will have to wait his turn.
On December 3rd, Dubois was nearly knocked out by little-known former cruiserweight Kevin Lerena in their co-feature bout at Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium in London.
In the first round, the 25-year-old Dubois was knocked down three times by South African southpaw Lerena.
Some boxing fans believe the round ended 10 seconds early, which may have saved Dubois from being knocked out because he appeared to be falling with every punch Lerena landed after the first knockdown.
Queensbury wants Fury to fight Usyk and Joe Joyce in 2023. If Fury fights Usyk, Dubois, and Joyce in 2023, he will have a lot to deal with the following year.
Fury had talked recently about wanting to fight ten times in 2023, and he was joking. But as long as he’s eager to be busy next year, fighting Usyk, Dubois, and Joyce in succession would be an excellent way for the 6’9″ heavyweight to make up for the lost time.
Following his victory over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, Fury has missed many fights due to issues outside of the ring. Fury, at 34, doesn't have much time left before he ages out and is no longer the fighter he once was.