Daniel Dubois has removed Martin Bowers as his trainer and is set to appoint Mark Tibbs as his new head coach, Sportsmail can reveal.
Dubois has taken the decision to shake up his team after suffering his first professional defeat against Joe Joyce in November, but Bowers will remain as his manager.
The 23-year-old is looking to get his career back on track after having his eye socket broken in that defeat but has been told by doctors this morning he will be able to fight again in April with his recovery progressing well.
British heavyweight Daniel Dubois is changing trainers after removing Martin Bowers
Bowers (pictured) will remain as his manager but won’t be his trainer going forward
The British heavyweight has been working with Bowers at the Peacock gym ever since turning over, but is now in discussions with Tibbs, who also trains Billy Joe Saunders, about guiding his career going forward.
Dubois had been sky-rocketing towards a heavyweight world title shot but must now rebuild after being bullied into submission by the more experienced Joyce back in November.
He is already back in training ahead of his expected comeback in the spring but will have to hold off from sparring for at least another three weeks as his eye continues to heal.
His loss against Joyce, who is now in line to fight Oleksandr Usyk for the WBO interim belt, has raised question marks around Dubois’ credentials as a future world champion.
Mark Tibbs (left) is expected to take over from Bowers as Dubois’ new head coach
Sportsmail understands Dubois has been told by doctors he can fight again in April after suffering a broken eye socket in his defeat against Joe Joyce
Promoter Frank Warren is still convinced Dubois can reach the top but admitted that the heavyweight will have to bide his time before climbing back up to world level.
‘He is not interested in social media, which is very good. He just wants to get on and fight,’ Warren said.
‘I met with him last week. He is not a braggart or a loudmouth and was quite philosophical. When he was caught, he said the pain was searing right through his head.
‘He said it has happened and he has to get on with it. The pressure’s on him now, but it is not like he took a real belting or got knocked out. If he had been pulled out the round before, two judges had him ahead on their scorecard.
‘We want to get him back out in late April or maybe May. All of us are very disappointed with what happened, but he is young and we are not going to rush him into anything.’