Daniel Dubois vs Bogdan Dinu Preview June 5th, 2021
The vacant WBA interim Heavyweight Title is on the line in Telford, England this Saturday, June 5th when Daniel ‘Dynamite’ Dubois of England takes on Bogdan Dinu of Romania. Dubois lost his WBO International, WBC Silver, Commonwealth and British Heavyweight Titles to Joe Joyce his last time out in November when packed it in during the 10th round due to an eye injury. Dinu last fought in October when he stopped Frank Bluemle in the second round. The bout can be seen live in the UK on BT Sport 1.
Dubois vs Dinu Odds
Here are the betting odds from online sportsbook BetOnline.ag (full review here).
- Bogdan Dinu +900
- Daniel Dubois -1800
Dubois stopped Ebenezer Tetteh in the second round back in September, 2019 for the vacant Commonwealth and WBO International Titles and stopped Nathan Gorman in the fifth round in July, 2019 for the vacant British Heavyweight Title, but lost all of those to Joe Joyce in November when he took a knee and decided not to carry on due to taking Joyce’s jabs all night long and suffering eye damage. Dubois claims he’s ready to return to action and believes he’s still in the same class as fellow Brits Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury and Joyce.
Those comparisons are easy to make since Dubois is a pretty big heavyweight as he stands 6-feet-5-inches tall with a 78-inch reach and has a mark of 15-1 with 14 Kos. He also stopped 14 of his 16 opponents for a current 87.5 per cent knockout ratio. Like Joshua, Dubois also enjoyed a fine amateur career, losing just six of 75 bouts and winning gold medals at various tournaments. He didn’t fight in the Olympics though as he decided to turn pro instead.
Dubois was been brought along cautiously since turning pro in April, 2017. He’s been pretty active but has just 53 rounds of experience under his belt due to his power. His opponents thus far have been Joyce, Ricardo Snijders, Kyotaro Fujimoto, Ebenezer Tetteh, Nathan Gorman, Marcus Kelly, Blaise Mendouo, David Howe, Mauricio Barragan, AJ Carter, Dorian Darch, DL Jones, Tom Little, Kevin Johnson, Razvan Cojanu and Richard Lartey with Johnson and Joyce being the only two he hasn’t stopped.
For most boxing fans though, the only recognizable names on his list of opponents have been Joyce, Little, Gorman, Cojanu, Tetteh, Lartey and Johnson and other than Joyce, none of those are contenders. The fight with joyce was a step up in class and even without the eye injury Dubois was visibly outclassed but oddly enough was ahead on two of the jusdges’ scorecards. Dubois usually tips the scales between 230 and 240 lbs and his career has been based on power.
The 23-year-old can cause damage with either hand but isn’t really the most mobile heavyweight in the ring. He has mediocre to decent hand speed though and is determined to make a name for himself in the division. It’s still hard to say how good his chin is at this point since it hasn’t been tested with many power shots as Joyce was content to keep the jab in his face time after time.
Dinu is now 34 years old and is a relative unknown outside of Romania and Eastern Europe. However, he has fought half a dozen times outside of his homeland in Quebec, Canada between 2012 and 2015. Dinu also stands 6-feet-5-inches tall, but unfortunately has an unlisted reach. He carries a record of 20-2 with 16 Kos so it’s obvious he also has good power in his fists with a current knockout ratio of 72.7 per cent. He turned pro back in 2008 and has gone just 73 rounds since then.
The knock against Dinu is that until meeting Jarrell Miller and getting stopped in the fourth round in 2018 he’d only faced journeymen and novices in his pro career. Still, he knocked most of them out. But he took a big step up in class against Miller and didn’t fare very well at all. He was then stopped in his very next fight by Kubrat Pulev in the seventh round in March, 2019.
Dinu looked quite promising as an amateur as he won an Under -17 world title in Romania back in 2003 as well as a bronze medal at the European Under 17 Championships. He then won a silver medal at the European Junior Championships in 2005, but was stopped in by Robert Helenius in the first round of the 2006 Senior European Championships. He was then banned from the amateurs for life in 2007 for shoplifting.
Neither boxer has won when stepping up in class and this time it looks like it’s only Dinu who is make a step upwards. Both boxers have power with Dubois arguably having the better chin but it’s unclear how his previous eye injury could affect his confidence level. Dubois is also considerably younger and let’s face it he’s expected to win. If he doesn’t his career will be seriously derailed with two straight losses. I’m expecting Dubois to rebound from the loss to Joyce with a win here.
Dubois’ youthful energy should be the difference.
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