Daniel Dubois bounces back with victory over Bogdan Dinu to take WBA interim heavyweight title

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Daniel Dubois rebounds from Joe Joyce defeat with BRUTAL second round knockout win over Romanian Bogdan Dinu to capture WBA interim heavyweight title

  • Daniel Dubois stopped Bogdan Dinu in the opening seconds of the second round
  • The Romanian hit hard to the right and couldn’t beat the referee’s count
  • It sealed an emphatic winning return for Dubois after his loss to Joe Joyce
  • Dubois takes the WBA interim heavyweight title with his knockout victory

Daniel Dubois recovered from his first defeat of his career with a major knockout win in the second round against Romanian Bogdan Dinu in Telford on Saturday night.

The 23-year-old heavyweight has returned to the ring since his November rise was severely hampered by compatriot Joe Joyce.

It was a devastating loss – the only one in his fledgling career to date – and one in which Dubois was charged with quitting after taking a knee and was counted out on round 10. However, it was later revealed that he suffered a fractured eye socket that required surgery was needed.

Daniel Dubois bounced back from his first loss of his career with a knockout win in the second round

Daniel Dubois bounced back from his first loss of his career with a knockout win in the second round

Dubois was on the front foot from the opening bell and caught Bogdan Dinu with a heavy right

Dubois was on the front foot from the opening bell and caught Bogdan Dinu with a heavy right

Dubois was on the front foot from the opening bell and caught Bogdan Dinu with a heavy right

Dinu was unable to beat the referee's count after the blow early in the second round

Dinu was unable to beat the referee's count after the blow early in the second round

Dinu was unable to beat the referee’s count after the blow early in the second round

Now recovered and with a new trainer in Shane McGuigan, Londoner Dubois showed no signs of fear or rust against the veteran Dinu (20-3, 16KOs), firing stinging shots from the first bell.

Dinu ducked out of trouble in the opener, but he was caught by a big right hand in the second round that kept him on the canvas for the full count.

As well as potentially helping to seal a rematch against Joyce, the win in Saturday’s WBA finals eliminator also makes Dubois (16-1, 15KOs) a mandatory challenger to ‘regular’ champion Trevor Bryan.

Dubois took the WBA interim heavyweight title with his victory over the Romanian

Dubois took the WBA interim heavyweight title with his victory over the Romanian

Dubois took the WBA interim heavyweight title with his victory over the Romanian

It was the perfect way to come back after a painful first loss to Joe Joyce in November

It was the perfect way to come back after a painful first loss to Joe Joyce in November

It was the perfect way to come back after a painful first loss to Joe Joyce in November

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