Daniel Dubois returns to the ring following his first defeat as he looks to claim the WBA interim heavyweight title against Bogdan Dinu on Saturday, June 5.
Daniel Dubois v Bogdan Dinu Predictions & Tips
The last time Daniel Dubois was in the squared circle, he took a knee and refused to get back to his feet as he suffered a first-ever defeat last November.
He was up against fellow British fighter Joe Joyce, and Joyce stuck to his game plan as he jabbed the hell out of Dubois – eventually damaging Dubois’ orbital bone until he couldn’t see properly and that forced him to take a knee in the 10th round.
Dubois has now been given the all-clear by medical staff, and amazingly he gets back in the ring as if that defeat never happened. He will take on Romania’s Bogdan Dinu for the vacant WBA interim heavyweight title.
If he beats Dinu, Dubois will become mandatory challenger for the WBA world title – which is something I cannot get my head around. The fight against Joyce was billed as the future of the division with the winner expected to eventually become a world champion. But Joyce hasn’t fought since and Dubois seems to be in pole position as if the defeat didn’t take place.
I know politics play a huge part in this sport, and Dubois cannot afford to let this second chance slip through his fingers.
Dinu is 34 years old and holds a 20-2 record with 16 of his victories coming by way of knockout. He turned professional in 2008, and his two defeats have come at the expense of Jarrell Miller and Kubrat Pulev.
Look at his professional record, he has only really been in the ring with two big names, and he was knocked out by both of them.
I might not agree with the push that Dubois is getting straight after a defeat, but I am a fan, and he is a quality fighter. I cannot see him being troubled against Dinu, and I am backing the Brit to win this by knockout in the fifth round.
Daniel Dubois v Bogdan Dinu: Fighter Predictions
Daniel Dubois: “I am excited to be back in the ring on June 5 after the frustration of being kept out of the gym and doing what I love to do for a number of months after my last fight. This is my chance to remind people of what I am really about, which is winning fights in a devastating fashion. I don’t need to make any excuses for the Joe fight because everybody could see the issue with my vision, but Joe won fair and square, and we move on. Time is on my side, but I don’t intend to slow down my progress and I am more than happy to be returning to the ring in a big title fight that puts me right back in the picture. I respect Dinu and accept that he could provide a tough test, but I can only see one outcome and that is me leaving the ring with another major championship belt for my collection.”
Promoter Frank Warren: “I’m delighted to get this fight over the line for Daniel and really pleased to be working with Greg Cohen on this event. A win for Daniel in this interim title fight will see him become the mandatory challenger for the WBA world title and, if he can get past Dinu on June 5, he is back in contention and right in the mix with the top contenders. It is an opportunity for Daniel to post a ‘business as usual’ statement to the public and the rest of the heavyweight division following his setback against Joe. Daniel’s enthusiasm to reach the very top has not diminished in the slightest and, even though it is a bit of an old cliche, it is true that he will only learn and benefit from the experience of taking a first loss and rebuilding from it. Dinu is a high quality and respected opponent who in no way can Daniel take lightly. It is exactly the sort of challenge he needs at this stage in his career. Daniel achieved so much, so early on his professional journey and remains so young in heavyweight terms. There will be significant pressure on Daniel coming back after a first defeat and the focus will be right on him to see how he reacts. He is returning in a big fight, everything will be on the line and the prize on offer is a shot at the world title.”