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Daniel Dubois vs Bogdan Dinu interim title fight set for June 5th

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Dubois is looking to bounce back from a rough loss to Joe Joyce

Daniel Dubois v Joe Joyce - WBC Silver, British, Commonwealth and European Heavyweight Title Fight Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

Having received a clean bill of health after a scary eye injury, heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois is set to return to the ring on June 5th against Bogdan Dinu in a bid for the interim WBA title.

The 23-year-old Dubois (15-1, 14 KO) fights for the first time since a November battle with Joe Joyce wherein “The Juggernaut” busted up Dubois’ face with steady jabs en route to a 10th-round stoppage. “Dynamite” caught some flak for taking the full count, but the extent of the damage makes it clear that he made the right choice.

“I am excited to be back in the ring on June 5 after the frustration of being kept out of the gym and doing what I love to do for a number of months after my last fight,” said Dubois.

“This is my chance to remind people of what I am really about, which is winning fights in a devastating fashion. I don’t need to make any excuses for the Joe fight because everybody could see the issue with my vision, but Joe won fair and square and we move on.

“Time is on my side but I don’t intend to slow down my progress and I am more than happy to be returning to the ring in a big title fight that puts me right back in the picture.

“I respect Dinu and accept that he could provide a tough test, but I can only see one outcome and that is me leaving the ring with another major championship belt for my collection.”

Dinu (20-2, 16 KO) spent his early career in Romania and Canada before attempted steps up saw him stopped by Jarrell Miller and Kubrat Pulev, though he did give the latter a run for his money. He’s since beaten a pair of low-level heavies, and these efforts somehow earned him the WBA #2 ranking ahead of the likes of Deontay Wilder, Luis Ortiz, and Andy Ruiz Jr.

“This is the most important fight for me and I will be prepared for a war in the ring. It’s my perfect moment to win and to get to the big fights. I’m fighting in London to become the first Romanian heavyweight champion of the world.”

The interim belt was bogus when Trevor Bryan had it and it’s bogus now, but this is a reasonable bounce-back fight for Dubois that should be entertaining while it lasts.