Daniel Dubois v Bogdan Dinu set for WBA Interim Heavyweight title
Highly touted heavyweight and number ten ranked WBO and WBA contender Daniel “Dynamite” Dubois (15-1, 14KOs) will return to the ring for the first time since being painfully humbled by the jab of Joe “Juggernaut” Joyce (12-0, 11KOs) in November of 2020. Their highly anticipated heavyweight tilt ended rather surprisingly when the 23-year old was dropped by a jab and elected to not continue on. We would learn that a left orbital bone eye injury was the cause of the previously unbeaten fighter pulling a “no mas”.
Now fully healthy and cleared by his doctors, he will look to get back on track as he seeks to become a heavyweight champion. Standing in his way of becoming the WBA interim champion is the 6’5 Bogdan Dinu (20-2, 16KOs). Dinu is the number two ranked contender in the WBA rankings. The two will meet on June 5.
On paper, Dinu seems to qualify as a formidable adversary. He is the same height as Dubois and has sixteen knockouts in his twenty-two fights, which indicates he has power. However, when you look at his resume, you see that while he can dish it out, when he steps up his competition, he can’t quite take it. He has been stopped twice in his career. The first was against two-time world title challenger Kurbat Pulev, then again by disgraced former heavyweight contender Jarrell Miller.
In what should be a tune-up fight for Dubois could end up being so much more. How is he mentally, knowing that his eye has been damaged? Has he made proper adjustments in improving his head movement to offset incoming danger? All of these things will be answered not only on June 5, but also moving forward as his career progresses.
By: Jerrell Fletcher