Daniel Dubois will be looking to make light work of his stand-in opponent Ricardo Snijders on August 29 as he warms up for his fight with Joe Joyce in October. Can Dubois claim his 14th stoppage of his career?
Road To Daniel Dubois v Ricardo Snijders
Daniel Dubois was supposed to be fighting Erik Pfeifer at the BT Studios on Saturday, August 29, but concerns over the fitness of the Russian-born German fighter has meant Dubois and his team have had to find a new opponent. That opponent is Dutch fighter Ricardo Snijders. The 26-year-old has had 19 professional fights and boasts an 18-1 record, with most of them being in the cruiserweight division. Let’s make no mistake about it, this fight is going to be a mismatch. Dubois is only looking to get some time in the ring so he is ready to face British rival Joe Joyce at the O2 Arena on October 24. Dubois and Joyce should have met on April 11, but the pandemic that rocked the world ensured that didn’t happen. A new date has now been confirmed for October 24, but both Dubois and Joyce couldn’t go into such an important fight without a tune up bout. Joyce has already had his, he dispatched of Michael Wallisch in three rounds at the BT Sports Studio on July 25. Snijders might be looking to make the same kind of impact at heavyweight as Oleksandr Usyk, David Haye and Tony Bellew, but he won’t be doing it at the expense of Dubois. It could be a painful night for the Snijders, but if Dubois gets some rounds under his belt and looks good doing it, then that is all that matters for Dubois and his camp.
Daniel Dubois v Ricardo Snijders Predictions & Tips
This is scheduled to be a 12-round affair, but it won’t go even close to reaching the 12th round. Dubois has won 14 fights as a professional, 13 coming by way of knockout. Apart from his points decision win over Kevin Johnson over 10 rounds, Dubois hasn’t been taken past the fifth round. His last bout lasted less than two minutes when he knocked out Kyotaro Fujimoto to retain his WBO International title and win the vacant WBC Silver belt. Even if Snijders had been given the time for a full camp, he still wouldn’t be getting anywhere near beating a fighter with the calibre of Dubois. Triple D will be looking to put on a performance, he knows Joyce will be watching intently, so he will want to put in a devastating power punching performance but also get it over in quick time as well. Snijders may have only lost one professional fight, but he is stepping into the ring with a different animal in Dubois, The Londoner will be looking to end this one early, he will be back in the shower by the end of the third round.
Daniel Dubois v Ricardo Snijders Preview: Pre-Fight Quotes
Erol Ceylan, Erik Pfeiffer’s promoter, on the cancelled fight: “These guys are not to be respected. They claim there was an issue with paperwork; that’s bull***t. We submitted all medical documents in time, but never heard back from anyone from Warren’s team. We asked for the contract, never heard back for days from anyone. Now Erik’s training camp is completely wasted because of these aassh-les. He is in the best shape of his career, he’s still sparring – we didn’t know how to tell him there is no fight. They knew he was going to beat Dubois and ruin their plans for (a fight between Dubois and) Joe Joyce. That’s why they never answered when I keep calling and texting them. They are scared, they are all p**sies. They are all untrustworthy. Frank Warren, his son, all of them. I will never again do business with these people. Everything will need to be signed in writing. I am a man of my word, I make deals and work hard to carry my reputation as a man of respect. These people are assh-les. They are not to be trusted and next time I see them, they will feel it.”
Frank Warren, Daniel Dubois’ promoter: “Of course it’s a disappointment that we have had to make a late change, but the most important thing was getting Daniel a solid test. We’ve had Snijders training for weeks getting ready for this fight on the off chance there was an issue and thank God we did. Pfeifer‘s team didn’t submit his MRI on time and given the current circumstances we couldn’t stand for the uncertainty or take the risk that the fight would be pulled at the last minute. Daniel hasn’t boxed since last December, some eight months ago. That’s a long time, especially for Daniel who has always been active. Daniel trained at home with his sister and younger brother during lockdown and he has been back in the gym with his trainer Martin Bowers for several weeks. Joe got an impressive win last month, so this is Daniel’s chance to show what he’s made of. Of course, my nerves will be on edge a bit next week. They were until Joe came through against Michael Wallisch, and until Daniel’s arm is raised after the Snijders fight it will be the same. Snijders fancies the fight and was happy to say ‘yes’ and jump at the opportunity of his career. He’s coming up from Cruiserweight and wants to follow in the footsteps of fighters like Usyk, Haye and Bellew. Providing Daniel can solve this Dutch puzzle, we can push on with the Joyce fight and then we can hope for a world title fight next year as a mandatory contender.”