Daniel Dubois returns to contest WBA Interim World Title


Daniel Dubois is awaiting doctor's clearance to make his return Photo Credit: Round 'N' Bout Media/Queensberry Promotions
Daniel Dubois was awaiting physician’s clearance to make his return Picture Credit score: Spherical ‘N’ Bout Media/Queensberry Promotions

Daniel Dubois will make his long-awaited return to the ring on Saturday June 5 with a problem for the vacant WBA Interim heavyweight title towards the towering Romanian Bogdan Dinu.

The 23-year-old was final in motion on the finish of November 2020 in a multi-titled collision with fellow Brit Joe Joyce in London.

An absorbing battle got here to a halt when Dubois, who suffered a horrific eye damage, eliminated himself from additional hazard by taking a knee within the tenth spherical.

It was later confirmed that he had sustained vital injury to his orbital bone and taking himself out of the firing line virtually actually preserved his profession and guarded towards an much more severe damage.

Having now been given the all-clear from specialists, the 15-1 Dubois is able to decide up the place he left off previous to the Joyce battle and get again into the enterprise of successful titles.

Dubois suffered a fractured eye socket and nerve damage Photo Credit: essentiallysports.com
Dubois suffered a fractured eye socket and nerve injury Picture Credit score: essentiallysports.com

Dubois is previously the holder of the WBC Youth world, the Southern Space, English, British, WBO European, WBO World, WBO Worldwide, Commonwealth and WBC Silver belts.

Dinu, 34, from Bucharest, holds a file of 20-2, with 16 of his wins coming by way of knockout.

The 6ft 5″ puncher, ranked #2 by the WBA, returned to successful methods with two KO victories after struggling his solely profession losses within the USA when he went up towards the unbeaten ex-contender Jarrell Miller and the vastly skilled campaigner Kubrat Pulev.

Miller-Dinu face off at presser. Photo Credit: BoxingScene.com
Miller-Dinu face off at presser. Picture Credit score: BoxingScene.com

The present will likely be co-promoted by Dinu’s US promotional car, Greg Cohen Promotions.

“I’m excited to be again within the ring on June 5 after the frustration of being stored out of the fitness center and doing what I like to do for quite a few months after my final battle,” stated Dubois.

Martin Bowers will no longer train Dubois, but remains as his manager Photo Credit: Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
Martin Bowers will now not prepare Dubois, however stays as his supervisor Picture Credit score: Motion Pictures/Andrew Couldridge

“That is my probability to remind individuals of what I’m actually about, which is successful fights in a devastating vogue. I don’t have to make any excuses for the Joe battle as a result of all people may see the difficulty with my imaginative and prescient, however Joe gained truthful and sq. and we transfer on.

Dubois took a knee in the tenth round and did not make referee Iain John Lewis' count Photo Credit: Round 'N' Bout Media/Queensberry Promotions
Dubois took a knee within the tenth spherical and didn’t make referee Iain John Lewis’ rely Picture Credit score: Spherical ‘N’ Bout Media/Queensberry Promotions

“Time is on my facet however I don’t intend to decelerate my progress and I’m very happy to be returning to the ring in an enormous title battle that places me proper again within the image.

“I respect Dinu and settle for that he may present a troublesome take a look at, however I can solely see one consequence and that’s me leaving the ring with one other main championship belt for my assortment.”

Dinu, who final fought in October 2020 with a second spherical stoppage, stated: “That is crucial battle for me and I will likely be ready for a battle within the ring.

“It’s my excellent second to win and to get to the large fights. I’m combating in London to turn into the primary Romanian heavyweight champion of the world.”

Promoter Frank Warren added: “I’m delighted to get this battle over the road for Daniel and actually happy to be working with Greg Cohen on this occasion.

Frank Warren is hopeful Daniel Dubois will return in May Photo Credit: Reuters/Action Images
Frank Warren with Daniel Dubois who will return. Picture Credit score: Reuters/Motion Pictures

“A win for Daniel on this Interim title battle will see him turn into the obligatory challenger for the WBA world title and, if he can get previous Dinu on June 5, he’s again in competition and proper within the combine with the highest contenders.

“It is a chance for Daniel to put up a ‘enterprise as normal’ assertion to the general public and the remainder of the heavyweight division following his setback towards Joe.

“Daniel’s enthusiasm to succeed in the very high has not diminished within the slightest and, although it’s a little bit of an previous cliche, it’s true that he’ll solely study and profit from the expertise of taking a primary loss and rebuilding from it.

“Dinu is a top quality and revered opponent who under no circumstances can Daniel take evenly. It’s precisely the kind of problem he wants at this stage in his profession. Daniel achieved a lot, so early on his skilled journey and stays so younger in heavyweight phrases.

Joe Joyce's jab proved the key to victory over Dubois Photo Credit: Round 'N' Bout Media/Queensberry Promotions
Joe Joyce’s jab proved the important thing to victory over Dubois Picture Credit score: Spherical ‘N’ Bout Media/Queensberry Promotions

“There will likely be vital stress on Daniel coming again after a primary defeat and the main target will likely be proper on him to see how he reacts. He’s returning in an enormous battle, all the pieces will likely be on the road and the prize on provide is a shot on the world title.”

Greg Cohen, founder and CEO of Greg Cohen Promotions, stated: “That is the profession defining bout that Bogdan Dinu has been ready for his complete life.

“The chance to not solely battle for, however WIN a WBA Heavyweight Title, towards a high rated and nicely revered fighter in Daniel Dubois will put Bogdan on the high of the heavyweight division and open the doorways to mega fights for him within the close to future. His complete staff has been aiding him in making ready for this second and he’ll undoubtedly seize the second.

“It gained’t be simple, however the years of exhausting work, sacrifice and expertise are going to repay.

“I’d wish to thank the whole staff at Queensberry for his or her professionalism and help in making this bout a actuality. I’d additionally wish to thank Sorin Florea, Bogdan’s very long time supervisor from Romania who’s help, consideration to element and sophistication are at all times instrumental and appreciated. We sit up for an excellent evening of boxing and a spectacular heavyweight matchup!”

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