Daniel Dubois: ‘I know I’m not a quitter’ – Boxing News


Forward of his June 5 comeback, Daniel Dubois opens up in regards to the loss to Joe Joyce, the following choices he made as he twice modified trainers and that odd interim title that’s on the road in opposition to Bogdan Dinu. By Matt Christie

IT wasn’t purported to be this fashion for Daniel Dubois. He wasn’t purported to be getting back from a loss this early in his profession, recovering from a damaged eye socket, nor going from coach to coach after making the Peacock Fitness center his second house. However Joe Joyce got here alongside on the finish of final 12 months. In a minor upset however a significant gamechanger, the 2016 Olympic silver medallist defeated Dubois after an eagerly-awaited and punishing affair.

The fallout from that defeat was huge. Dubois, blind in a single eye because the pores and skin surrounding his left optic ballooned, took a knee within the 10th spherical after which the complete depend. He was labelled a quitter by fighters and followers. The unbeaten, thunderous punching inheritor to the throne was gone right away.

Now he’s broken items aiming to show everybody unsuitable. Out went Martin Bowers as his head coach, in got here Mark Tibbs earlier than Shane McGuigan was drafted in when that preliminary change didn’t work out. On June 5, in a bout that comes with the spurious WBA Interim belt needlessly connected to it, Dubois returns to the ring in opposition to Bogdan Dinu contained in the Telford Worldwide Centre.

“Titles are flying about like loopy, there’s all the time a belt on the road isn’t there?” Dubois instructed Boxing Information when requested in regards to the title on the road. “I wasn’t stunned however I’m glad to be preventing for one thing once more. It’s further motivation.”

The largest motivation, although, is to show everybody unsuitable.

“I don’t actually learn the information and the social media platforms anyway and after that combat I stayed away from it extra so,” Dubois stated in regards to the criticism that got here his method. “I simply let it wash over my head. I’m prepared to indicate all these guys that I’m for actual now, that I actually have made enhancements and I’m going to come back once more and are available stronger.

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“It’s boxing. I’m used to being referred to as worse issues than a quitter. I do know I’m not a quitter. In my thoughts I used to be simply ready to see what could be the following transfer. I wasn’t down for lengthy, I picked myself up. I used to be anxious and hoping that I healed correctly. I took the mandatory trip to make some choices.”

These choices, which he got here to after sitting down together with his fast household, included shifting away from Bowers to Tibbs then settling with the McGuigans, the place he has been for the final two weeks.

“We solely did one session with Mark Tibbs after he got here again from America after his combat with Billy Joe Saunders [v Canelo] and he despatched me a textual content saying he had different commitments and couldn’t practice me no extra,” Dubois defined. “I assumed, ‘Alright, that’s nice then.’ Going again earlier than this, even earlier than I met Mark Tibbs, Shane McGuigan was coaching my sister Caroline, making ready her for her Olympic journey. I noticed him doing a little good work along with her and she or he was wanting actually good within the health club. I assumed, ‘I wish to do that man out.’ However we went to Jimmy and Mark Tibbs and it didn’t work out. So right here we’re, again once more.

“Shane brings numerous youth, vitality and knowledge together with his dad being one of many legendary icons within the sport, Barry McGuigan, and a few of that has handed all the way down to his son. I feel that can assist massively.”

Dubois doesn’t like wanting again to the evening he misplaced to Joyce although is optimistic that loss – his solely defeat in a 16-fight skilled profession – will show pivotal, in a great way. When pressed on the competition and requested when he may really feel the combat slipping away, Dubois stated: “I didn’t. However I knew it was a tough combat, it was gruelling, it was give and take the place nobody was dominant or in entrance. It was simply a type of issues. It’s irritating now, I may have accomplished some issues higher.”

Like gaining extra expertise and seasoning beforehand?

“Most likely. I may have had some higher fights and higher checks to organize me. However I went together with it. That’s the way in which it was however I don’t wish to look again now. I’m prepared to maneuver on once more.

“Already I really feel a unique fighter. I’m not in the identical stale mode I used to be earlier than. I used to be going nowhere and hitting my head in opposition to the wall, it felt like. However now I really feel like I’m progressing once more.”

The nonsensical title apart, Romania’s Dinu, 20-2 (16), would seem the proper opponent at this stage. He has a ‘title’ of types however his limitations had been uncovered in step-up outings in opposition to Jarrell Miller (2018) and Kubrat Pulev (2019) and, at 34, he’s the older man by 11 years.

“I’ve seen a bit of bit [of Dinu],” Dubois says. “He’s a regular boxer, he’s not that good nor that horrible. I’ve heard individuals say he hasn’t received the strongest of hearts. I feel I can break his will and push by.”

Dubois’ personal will has been examined within the final 12 months. He admits the loss to Joyce triggered a troublesome time however he didn’t think about strolling away from the game. In the long run, now his harm has fully healed, it’s a combat that can enhance his profession and never outline it.

“It’s been a studying expertise about myself,” he admits. “I do know I’m robust sufficient to come back again. It’s typically you must make some laborious choices that may not really feel comfy with at first however in the long term they prove alright.

“The tip aim continues to be to be up there with the large names and preventing within the huge occasions. All of this can enhance me. It’s completely different for everybody however for me, that is how the script was written. It’s the way in which it was meant to be.”


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