Daniel Dubois returns to the ring on Saturday night as he embarks on the journey to redemption after a very disappointing defeat to Joe Joyce last year.
The heavyweight will take on the significantly lesser-known Bogdan Dinu, who is fighting on British soil for the first time.
Dubois steadily built his resume and experience after turning pro in 2017, knocking out 14 consecutive opponents with relative ease.
But a stern test against the much more experienced Joyce proved a step too far in the early stages of the 23-year-old’s career. Dubois landed some powerful punches but couldn’t bother the ‘Juggernaut’ who used his pinpoint jab to perfection.
Finally, in the tenth round, Dubois fell to his knee and took a count of ten, with many believing the young heavyweight to stop. However, it was later revealed that he had both broken his orbital bone and suffered nerve damage around his left eye.
However, Dubois, now trained by Shane McGuigan, insists he has the heart to fight back, while promoter Frank Warren believes he will be right back in the mix with the win.
With the match fast approaching, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know.
Daniel Dubois returns to the ring on Saturday evening against Romanian Bogdan Dinu
Dubois hasn’t fought since a damaging defeat to Joe Joyce in November 2020
When is Dubois vs Bogdan Dinu?
The heavyweight clash between Dubois and Dinu is scheduled for Saturday, June 5 at the Telford International Center in front of 1,000 fans.
The pair are expected to walk to the ring around 10pm BST, although that will of course depend on the results beforehand.
However, there is also a plethora of action on the undercard, with Tommy Fury taking to the ring as well.
How to watch the fight?
The fight will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1, with coverage starting at 7pm.
Existing customers who can watch the fight on television or by streaming it on the BT app or website, while non-subscribers can also watch it by buying a monthly subscription for €25 without contract.
In addition, EE customers can watch the event for FREE by including BT Sport at no extra cost in their existing deal.
To do this, you’ll need to log into EE and select the BT Sport app, which can also be displayed on the big screen by texting SPORT to 150, after which a three-month trial will begin.
Dubois vs Dinu: the records
Both Dubois and Dinu carry the power, sharing 30 knockouts from 35 wins between them
Height: 6ft 5in
Recording: 15W, 1L, 0D
Height: 6ft 5in
Recording: 20W, 2L, 0D
Battle map full
- Daniel Dubois v Bogdan Dinu – For WBA Interim Heavyweight Title
- Archie Sharp v Marcio Soza – for vacant WBO global super-feather title
- Tommy Fury vs Jordan Grant
- Nathan Heaney v Iliyan Markov
- Daniel Buciuc v Naeem Ali
- George Bance v Des Newton
- Adan Mohamed v Luke Fash
- Caoimhin Agyarko v TBA
- Liam Davies in the TBA
Dubois looking for redemption
Dubois has received a plethora of criticism and many have claimed he quit against Joyce
Dubois has admitted it was frustrating getting back into the ring but insists he will give a reminder of his quality on Saturday night.
“I’m excited to be back in the ring on June 5, after the frustration of being kept out of the gym several months after my last fight and doing what I love to do,” said Dubois.
“This is my chance to remind people what I really stand for, which is winning battles in a devastating way. I don’t have to apologize for the fight with Joe because everyone could see the problem with my vision, but Joe won honestly and we moved on.
“Time is on my side but I have no intention of slowing down my progress and I am more than happy to return to the ring in a big title fight that brings me right back into the picture.
“I respect Dinu and accept that he can deliver a tough test, but I can only see one outcome and that is that I leave the ring with another big championship belt for my collection.”
Dinu, on the other hand, believes that he will be the one to emerge victorious.
He said: ‘This is the most important fight for me and I will be prepared for a war in the ring. It’s my perfect time to win and go to the big fights.
“I’m fighting in London to become the first Romanian heavyweight champion in the world.”
Dubois vs Dinu: the odds
Despite his crushing defeat to Joyce last time, it comes as no surprise that Dubois is the overwhelming favorite among the bookmakers to seal the win.
Dubois is favorite on 1/18 to take the win – 4/1 on points and 2/9 by stoppage.
Dinu’s record shows that he has power, albeit against poorer opposition. But he isn’t expected to harass Dubois, with an 8/1 chance of winning, 22/1 on points and 10/1 on stoppage.
* Opportunities according to Betfair and correct at the time of publication.