On a weekend that featured what is perhaps the year’s most outrageous spectacle as well as a really entertaining and massive upset. It would take quite a bit to outshine that. However, shine brightly is exactly what “Dynamite” Daniel Dubois did. In a completely redemptive performance, Dubois reminded us all why he was our 2019 Prospect of the Year on a fast-track to a heavyweight title fight and viewed as the future of the division. That all seemed like ancient history following the Joyce performance. However, Dubois completely redeemed himself, completely blew up Bogdan Dinu in two rounds, captured the WBA interim heavyweight strap, and captures our fighter of the week award.
The $1,00,000 question everyone had on their mind was obviously was the Joe Joyce loss and he lost going to impact the young Dubois in the future? Was it going to have lasting effects. Dynamite blew those questions out of the water immediately. Starting quickly the Brit fired a snappy jab keeping Dinu off-balance and going backward. At just past the midway mark of the first round he unleashed a double right hand that sent the Romanian into the ropes. A minute later Dubois rocked his man again with a sharp right hand. After spending the first three minutes sizing his man up and finding the range, DDD took care of business in the next stanza. Just seconds into the second round a blistering right hand on the jaw of Dinu dropped him and he tried desperately to get to his feet and beat the count. However, it was not to be as Dinu was counted out and Dubois celebrated the KO victory. The 116th win and 5thby stoppage victory of his impressive career. Moving his record to 16-1(15).
Dynamite Dubois looked as good as he ever did, as good as he did against Nathan Gorman or Richard Lartey. He looked as sensational and dominant as he did in destroying Fujimoto and Snijders. He showed that the Joyce performance wasn’t getting to be a major set back that it wasn’t going to cripple his progression. Dubois bounced back beautifully and appears to be back where he was prior to the loss. What he still has not done is beat a premier heavyweight. At 23-years-old there’s still no rush, he has plenty of time. He should take a small step up over the next year or two and progress towards a heavyweight fight. Hopefully, he can fight a Bryant Jennings or a Joey Cusamano or perhaps a domestic fight with Dave Allen stay bust and take little steps up against that level of fighter and stay sharp and get better and sharper till he’s ready for a title fight.