Daniel Dubois has seen and heard almost every insult and putdown. He has gone over it in his head multiple times. Now that a similar situation has happened, he may have some vindication.

However, he’s ready to move on and face his future. No looking back. Last November 28, the young Brit, 23, was facing rival Brit Joe Joyce. They collided heads in the 1st round, which caused major damage to Dubois’ eye socket, unknown to him at the time.

In the 10th round, Dubois could fight no longer. He took a voluntary knee, allowing the referee to count him out, awarding the fight to Joyce.

The tidal wave of criticism aimed at Dubois came in from all sides. Many questioned Dubois’ heart, ability, guts, etc. Notable among them was Billy Joe Saunders, the WBO super middleweight champion at the time.

Saunders said that there would be no way he’d ever quit, eye injury or not. There was no excuse for Dubois, according to Saunders.

However, Saunders faced the very same decision when, in the 8th round of his super middleweight unification fight with Canelo Alvarez, he sustained an orbital fracture (plus nerve damage) from a punch delivered by Canelo. Saunders’ eye began to swell, and by the end of the round had swollen shut.

His corner decided to call the fight and not allow Saunders to answer the bell for the 9th round, awarding Canelo the titles.

While many felt that Saunders’ corner was protecting him and helping him to possibly recover to fight another day, others also remember Billy Joe’s lack of sympathy and understanding when he levelled his criticism at Dubois.

However, Dubois is ready to move on and restart his once promising boxing career. His first fight since his eye injury is going to be a major one: he’ll fight Romania’s Bogdan Dinu for the vacant WBA Interim Heavyweight championship belt on June 5, 2021.

Times, details, & undercard TBA.

At 15-1 now, Dubois will be looking for redemption in his comeback fight, plus an “explosive knockout”, he said, to re-enter his name into the heavyweight championship conversation.

The conversation has brought Andy Ruiz Jr. back in recently. He began a re-commitment to training, where he lost over 50 pounds and switched trainers. He brought in Canelo’s legendary trainer Eddy Reynoso.

After a 1st round knockdown, he rallied to soundly defeat fellow Mexican-American Chris Arreola this May 1.

Dubois wants to do the same, and put more distance from his mishap. He holds no apparent grudge with Saunders, preferring to focus on his upcoming battle vs. Dinu.

Dinu, 34-years old and 20-2-0, is ranked #1 by the WBA, ahead of former champion Ruiz and former WBC champion Deontay Wilder. He is first in line to fight for the interim title. With a win here, he also wants to be elevated into the conversation, despite a few wins over opponents with questionable records.


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