On Saturday, British heavyweight Daniel Dubois will return to the ring for the primary time since struggling two orbital fractures in his Tenth-round stoppage loss to Joe Joyce in November 2020.
Dubois, who will face skilled Bogdan Dinu on the Telford Worldwide Centre in Telford, England, is trying ahead to turning the web page on the subsequent chapter of his profession.
“It’s actually thrilling for me to be again,” Dubois (15-1, 14 knockouts) informed The Ring. “I wish to benefit from the expertise, the group on the venue, and really feel the entire thing and get again on observe.
“[I’m still] chasing my purpose [of becoming heavyweight champion], going after my dream and fulfilling what I’m on this sport to do.”
The 23-year-old power-puncher is happy to be going through a stay opponent quite than cannon fodder in his comeback.
“[Dinu] is taken into account to be alright by most individuals,” Dubois mentioned. “He’s put collectively fairly nicely, his model is respectable. I’m not going to knock him, he’s an honest fighter.
“I feel I’m a stage above him, and if I can go in there and put him away and do it in devastating style that’ll be nice and a large step ahead for me.”
The Joyce defeat was a tough capsule to swallow, however Dubois has remained optimistic and is concentrated on the long run.
“I used to be serious about my efficiency and what let me down within the battle,” Dubois defined. “Did I actually battle that dangerous? It’s been a studying expertise for me and that’s what I’ve to place it right down to. I’ve to let the accidents and [the loss] go over my head and are available on stronger once more.”
Dubois admits it’s one battle at time at this stage.
“It’s all concerning the comeback,” mentioned the previous British and Commonwealth titleholder. “I’ve not spoken a lot about transferring on after this battle. It’s simply this battle, getting the precise workforce behind me and transferring on to a recent begin. That is the beginning of my profession.”
Because the Joyce setback, Dubois has made modifications to his coaching workforce. Following a quick spell with Mark Tibbs, who was unable to commit full-time due to an in depth workload, Dubois linked up with highly-regarded coach Shane McGuigan. Former coach Martin Bowers will nonetheless function supervisor.
“Earlier than all this occurred, Shane was coaching my sister, Caroline, earlier than her Olympic journey. I noticed a large enchancment in her sharpness and boxing and thought, ‘I actually wish to work with this man,’” mentioned Dubois.
“We went to Mark Tibbs and it was a terrific expertise. I solely had one session with him, when he got here again from America, however did quite a few spars with Jimmy Tibbs in my nook and it was expertise and good preparation for this battle.”
Dubois intends to showcase what he’s realized on Saturday.
“[I have to] show that I’m again stronger once more,” he mentioned. “To indicate the comeback goes to be the very best half. Everybody loves an underdog story, I’ve bought to show it.
“It’s not the top when you’re unfortunate, like me, to get [the loss] early doorways. Joe’s an skilled fighter; he’s been to the Olympics, he might have been an Olympic gold medalist. It wasn’t as if I used to be going to get knocked out. He picked me [off] on a few issues relating to my model and I put it right down to expertise.
“I’m simply glad to get again within the rankings and [get back] to the place I used to be once more. That, for me, is what it’s actually all about.”
Dinu turned skilled in 2008. The Romanian received his first 18 fights earlier than tasting defeat for the primary time towards Jarrell Miller (KO 4) in November 2018. He then misplaced for the second time towards Kubrat Pulev (TKO 7) in March 2019. The 34-year-old has rebounded with two low-level wins, transferring his report to 20-2 (16 KOs).
Dubois vs Dinu plus undercard motion might be broadcast stay on ESPN+ within the U.S. and BT Sport 1 HD within the U.Ok.
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