Daniel Dubois had a job to do on Saturday night against Trevor Bryan, but commentating on it from the BT Studio, I have to say the event was the most bizarre thing I’ve ever seen.
The fight was held in Miami and automatically you think of glitz and glamour, but this seemed to be the other part of it.
I was speaking to Steve Bunce who was there and he said there was a dead rat outside the dressing room, men mopping flood water away and there were boards to walk over to get to the ring as the place was flooded.
Steve reckoned there were about 400 people there but it didn’t look like that on TV, so everything about it seemed mad.
Don King was in the ring sitting on a chair waving his flags and the referee gave a big spiel talking about bellybuttons. It was bizarre, and I said as much when commentating on TV alongside Darren Fletcher.
In saying that, Dubois got well paid for it as King paid a lot to win the purse bid and with everything going on in the ring before the fight with the anthems that were a bit chaotic, for him to stay in the zone would have been tough, but he did it and did it well.
After about 30 seconds of the fight, it was clear how things would unfold — a matter of when and not if. The left hook he landed was great and I called it because I could see Bryan was able to avoid the one-twos and could glide away from the right hand.
What disappointed me a little was that Dubois started calling himself a world champion whereas he didn’t for a few days after the fight.
It’s a ridiculous situation and it all began when Bryan fought Bermane Stiverne for the vacant title with neither having a notable win for a while before it.
Bryan won and held onto this regular title despite being inactive, so it’s just a bit of a shambles and now Dubois has this title and is calling himself a world champion.
It’s really a Semi-Final or eliminator belt, not a world title, but he did what he had to do and, hopefully, there are big fights coming off the back of this for him.
Dillian Whyte has been mentioned as an opponent and I think that’s a good, tough fight, but I think Dubois would win it, the same with a potential meeting with Derek Chisora.
Some have mentioned Deontay Wilder but that’s one I would avoid as Dubois can still be a bit stiff and could be there to be nailed.
I’m still just a little disappointed that he’s calling himself a world champion. When I fought Luke Jackson for an interim title, I knew after my victory that I wasn’t a world champion and didn’t start calling myself one. Bryan is at a similar level to Jackson.
This all stems from sanctioning bodies again. Once upon a time, the WBA was viewed as a major organisation, but it has become a bit of a laughing stock with the number of titles on offer.
I’ve mentioned before the case of Josh Taylor dropping their lightweight title and instead of having No.1 versus No.2 fight for it, they are bringing the top six in to plead their respective case — it’s just weird.
I have a WBA title from beating Leo Santa Cruz which has an image of me on one side and WBA President Gilberto Mendoza on the other — why is his name on it? It shows that there is a bit of ego there and that has led to these crazy situations.
I had heard a few whispers that James Tennyson may have been ready to hang up his gloves, so the announcement that he was doing just that last weekend wasn’t a major surprise.
James had a fantastic career, he fought for world titles and did a lot of this after being stopped by a journeyman on one of my undercards.
To bounce back and get himself back into that position to fight for big titles is an incredible achievement in itself and you have to give credit to him for that.
He stayed loyal to his team the whole way through his career and his manager, Mark Dunlop, did a fantastic job by getting him the opportunities.
He really had a go at professional boxing and I’m sure his house is packed out with belts as he won plenty of them. As he said in his statement, he did a lot more than he would have expected when starting off.
James is a real puncher and also showed vulnerability, but it didn’t seem to put him off going gung-ho in his fights, so he was always exciting to watch.
I’d like to thank him because he helped me a fair bit in training camps in my career and was always good work. You always had to be switched on when sparring him as you could certainly feel his power.
He’s a great fella and I want to wish him all the best for the future.