Heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois received again in motion and again within the winner’s circle as we speak, knocking out Bogdan Dinu early within the second spherical.
Dubois (16-1, 15 KO) hadn’t fought since his loss to Joe Joyce late final 12 months, the place he additionally suffered a damaged orbital bone and had his toughness deeply questioned by some.
Right here, he was in in opposition to the extent of opponent we’ve seen him smash earlier than, and he smashed one once more. Working with new coach Shane McGuigan, we didn’t actually have time to see if Dubois, 23, actually has one thing completely different to his recreation now, as Dinu (20-3, 16 KO) merely received knocked out too shortly.
Realistically, what we noticed was the identical Daniel Dubois that ran over the likes of Ricardo Snijders and Kyotaro Fujimoto and Ebenezer Tetteh. That’s to not say he doesn’t have extra now with McGuigan, simply that he didn’t must or get to indicate any of it.
The win offers Dubois, moderately ridiculously, the interim WBA heavyweight title. When you’re maintaining monitor, the WBA have “tremendous world” champion Anthony Joshua, “world” (what some name “common”) champion Trevor Bryan, “gold” champion Robert Helenius, and “champion in recess” Mahmoud Charr, who truly fought on Could 15, so extra just lately than Joshua or Bryan or Helenius or, till as we speak, Dubois, however no matter, it’s the WBA. The one which issues is AJ, the remainder are simply names on an inventory.
Dubois doesn’t must battle any of these guys (additionally, he probably won’t, until Charr is keen to return take a run at him), and what he does subsequent will most likely not get anybody tremendous excited. They took a bet placing him in with Joyce and it didn’t work. He’s younger — very younger for a heavyweight — and may develop so much whereas the higher tier of the division begin to fade out. It might be a minimum of three or 4 years earlier than he’s really able to make large waves, however he’s bold, too, so I wouldn’t count on him to attend that lengthy.
However a battle with somebody tough however not notably harmful — say, a Hughie Fury kind — could be the high-end of what you need to threat with him subsequent. We’ll see. Somebody like Gerald Washington may also match the invoice.
Nathan Heaney KO-3 Iliyan Markov: Heaney, a 32-year-old middleweight who’s now 12-0 (4 KO), blasted by Markov (6-15-2, 3 KO), an undersized, 23-year-old no-hoper from Bulgaria. However Heaney was an enormous purpose for the strong (if restricted) ticket gross sales and the energetic environment on an undercard of mismatches. Laborious to examine Heaney as greater than a home middleweight, however he positively received proven a whole lot of love on this one, and given what the matchup was, he did what he ought to have finished.
Tommy Fury PTS-6 Jordan Grant: Fury (6-0, 4 KO) was figuring to settle in at 175, however got here in at 189 for this one, which had a 190 lb catchweight, so it’ll be attention-grabbing to see if in time he sheds right down to 175 — at 22, he might — or bulks as much as 200 and turns into a correct younger cruiserweight. He didn’t have it absolutely simple with Grant (2-1, 0 KO), who was hyped as having “30 unlicensed fights” earlier than turning professional, and Grant positively didn’t present any concern of the “Love Island” heartthrob, clipping Fury just a few occasions and coming to him. However Tommy received by it and gained the battle clearly, and it wound up helpful for him, Grant truly stood his floor in there. After the battle, John Fury and BT Sport’s Steve Bunce each went on an enormous campaign to name out Jake Paul for the Fury-Wilder 3 undercard on July 24, which is absolute nonsense and so they each realize it, as Paul is slated to battle Tyron Woodley this summer season, and has a cope with Showtime. However fortunately lots of people gained’t contemplate even the slightest of nuance there and shall be glad to take Crew Fury’s phrase for it that Paul is an enormous coward as a result of he gained’t battle Tommy on that date.
Caoimhin Agyarko RTD-3 Ernesto Olvera: Agyarko, 24, is now 9-0 (6 KO), with Olvera (11-7-1, 3 KO) pulled by his nook after three rounds of one-way visitors. “Black Thunder” had no bother right here, and actually might have stopped it within the first if he’d felt prefer it, as he despatched Olvera reeling throughout the ring on a bit of counter proper hand. If Agyarko needed to pounce there, he might have. Olvera has a really empty file and might be not even pretty much as good because the 11-7-1 suggests, however Agyarko is at worst a great home middleweight prospect, too. He did his finest work to the physique on this one.
Liam Davies TKO-2 Stefan Slavchev: No good purpose for this battle to occur, because the 25-year-old Davies (9-0, 4 KO) had already overwhelmed Slavchev (11-39-2, 4 KO) in Davies’ second professional battle again in 2019, and it’s not like there was controversy or something. Davies dropped the 28-year-old Bulgarian 4 occasions, twice in every spherical, earlier than it was mercifully stopped at 1:01 of the second. Davies’ buddies and family members had been extraordinarily enthusiastic about this.
Adan Mohamed PTS-4 Luke Fash: The 19-year-old Mohamed is now 2-0 (0 KO) after a great beginner profession as a junior, and simply and clearly gained this, taking it 40-36 on the referee’s rating card over Fash. The 31-year-old Fash achieved the landmark sixtieth lack of his professional profession, and now stands at 2-60-2 (0 KO), reportedly with one other battle set for 13 days from now in Sheffield. He hasn’t truly gained a battle since 2016, when he had a superb stretch going 2-0-1 in three fights on March 5, March 18, and April 16 of that 12 months. Mohamed fought as a featherweight right here, however figures to settle in at 122 when he will get severe, at any time when that’s.