Daniel Dubois responds after Tyson Fury compares him to Rocky IV villain who killed Apollo Creed

Daniel Dubois revealed he was delighted to be compared to Rocky villain Ivan Drago by heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

However, the 22-year-old admitted he did not know who the fearsome Russian antagonist from the fourth instalment of the boxing movie franchise was.

The Greenwich-native returns to action on Saturday night at the BT Sports studios in London as he takes on Ricardo Snijders in a heavyweight bout.

Daniel Dubois responds after Tyson Fury compares him to Rocky IV villain who killed Apollo Creed

Daniel Dubois is tipped for greatness by Tyson Fury

Dubois will be hoping to secure a typically destructive knockout before facing Joe Joyce later this year as he continues his world title tilt.

His rise to prominence and reticent manner outside of the ring helped him capture the attention of WBC heavyweight champion Fury, who maintains the youngster reminds him of Drago.

Fury had told BT Sport: “Daniel Dubois. He’s a big, strong lad and whatever he hits falls.

“He’s a big like Ivan Drago, isn’t he? – ‘I will hit you and break you, no matter what happens’.”

Daniel Dubois responds after Tyson Fury compares him to Rocky IV villain who killed Apollo Creed

Ivan Drago was knocked out on Christmas Day 1985 by Rocky Balboa in Moscow

Daniel Dubois responds after Tyson Fury compares him to Rocky IV villain who killed Apollo Creed

Fury is never shy of voicing his opinions

Responding to the comparison, Dubois revealed while he has no idea who Drago is, he’s just happy to receive praise from someone like Fury.

Dubois, 22, told The Mirror: “I don’t know who Ivan Drago is. But it’s nice when someone like Tyson Fury praises you.

“He’s at the top of the tree, the No1 in the division, so that’s good. He’s someone I like as a fighter.”

Dubois added he enjoys watching ‘The Gypsy King’ in action for his versatility in the ring; highlighting his second bout with Deontay Wilder as the perfect example.

Daniel Dubois responds after Tyson Fury compares him to Rocky IV villain who killed Apollo Creed

The 22-year-old is 6ft 5ins and weighed in at 244lbs for his fight with Snijders

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He added: “He beat Wladimir Klitschko to become world champion the first time and then he beat Deontay Wilder to do it again.

“It was the way he beat Wilder the second time and he beat him at his own game. He showed he can win fights any way.

“It doesn’t boost me, though. I don’t need people to say nice things about me to boost my confidence.

“I’m confident in my ability and what I can achieve if I continue to work hard and listen to those around me.”

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