Anthony Yarde stopped Travis Reeves in round five of their scheduled 12-round light heavyweight bout at Royal Albert Hall in London.
"I'm making it look good and learning on the job", said Yarde, who advances to 18-0 (17KOs) with the win his first of 2019 but an important step in his continued journey. He is the WBO No. 2 contender for the belt now held by Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev.
After a slow opening round, in which Yarde landed a keen counter left hook which momentarily wobbled Reeves, a 38-year-old fighter from Baltimore, he raised his tempo through the rounds and went for broke in the fifth with a barrage of mainly right-hand power punches. In his last ring outing, January 17 in Las Vegas, he knocked down Lanell Bellows (18-3-2 at the time) twice en route to a well-earned unanimous decision win.
Dubois (9-0, 8 KOs) is the latest in the long line of fearsome British heavyweight punchers, a London native who has turned heads since turning pro in April 2017. Dubois was originally supposed to face Cojanu in December, but he contracted the flu during fight week and had to pull out. Cojanu (16-5, 9 KOs) challenged Joseph Parker for the WBO heavyweight title in May 2017, losing a unanimous decision in a game effort. Williams won the title on December 22 with a thrilling 10th-round TKO over Mark Heffron.
Unbeaten super welterweight Hamzah Sheeraz (7-0, 3 KOs) needed just 70 seconds to blow out Rod Douglas Jr (2-2) Three knockdowns.