BBN have provided all the details you need to tune in and watch Greenwich powerhouse Daniel Dubois (15-1, 14KOs) in his dramatic ring return against Romanian Bogdan Dinu (20-2, 16KOs) on the 156th day of the year.
Everything you need to know below:
Saturday, June 5, which is the same day in history that Jersey Joe Walcott defeated Ezzard Charles over 15-rounds for the world heavyweight title in 1952.
It takes place at the Telford International Centre.
12 three-minute championship rounds at heavyweight (200+lbs).
The vacant WBA Interim heavyweight title is on the line, formerly held by unbeaten American Trevor Bryan, who is now the WBA World heavyweight champion.
UK fight fans can expect the main event fighters to make their ringwalks any time around 10pm (GMT), but boxing events are often subject to delays.
TV coverage begins at 7:00pm and goes right up to midnight.
The event will stream live and exclusively on BT Sport 1 - £25 per month subscripton fees.
You can live stream the Queensberry Promotions event online via BT Sport website or BT Sport app - available to download for free on iOS and Android phones and tablets.
BBN will be providing LIVE updates on the night, right HERE
Archie Sharp (19-0, 9KOs) takes on 30-year-old Nicaraguan Marcio Soza (21-6-2, 12KOs) for the WBO Global super-featherweight championship.
The South London 'Sharpshooter' returns for his first fight since August of last year following his recovery from an arm injury, and first fight under new trainer Alan Smith, from the iBox Gym in Bromley, Kent.
COVID regulations allow just 1,000 fans at the show. According to Nathan 'Hitman' Heaney, his allocation of 600 tickets was sold in minutes!
Everything you ever need to know about Dubois-Dinu HERE
Dubois: “Over six months of frustrations are ready to come out. You are going to see the best version of Daniel Dubois in that ring on June 5th. I will beat Bogdan Dinu up and knock him out. Dinu is a decent test. He does some things very well. He has fast hands and can move. He’s ranked #2 for a reason, and he’ll see this as a chance to get a title. I need to do what I do, show people why they called me ‘Dynamite’ in the first place. It’ll be a devastating performance, I promise you. A huge knockout to put myself back on the map.”
Dinu: “Look at Daniel’s last fight against Joe Joyce. He is talking before he has met me. As Mike Tyson says 'everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face'. Daniel lost a tough war last time he boxed, but in my opinion he needs more experience. I have the experience. I don’t know if they have made a mistake [picking me]. I am prepared, coming to win and it will be a war from the first round. I am not surprised he has picked me for his return. If you want to win titles then you must always take on good fighters on big shows. Daniel is a good fighter, but he needs to learn and have more fights. Good fights, not just against regular fighters who lose in the first round. Now is my time and I am ready for the World Heavyweight championship. It will mean a lot to beat Daniel and people will be proud of me. I will be the winner and then on to the next opponent.”
The 23-year-old from Greenwich, now residing in Essex, suffered a devastating defeat in his last outing to domestic rival Joe Joyce. The 6ft 5in powerhouse took his loss, dealt with it, then made bold changes to his team to get back to business.
Now training with Shane McGuigan in Canterbury, 'Dynamite' goes straight back into a big-level fight against WBA #2 Bogdan Dinu in an attempt to boost his world ranking and chances at challenging for titles.
New Yorker Trevor Bryan won the WBA Interim belt in August 2018 against BJ Flores, then fought for the regular WBA World title in his next fight, defeating former world ruler Bermane Stiverne in the 11th round. It bodes well for WBA #11 Dubois to know that winning this fight could propel him into a world title fight next.
Dinu has an 80% KO ratio so deserves respect. His only defeats were to high-level opponents Jarrell Miller and Kubrat Pulev, and he has an extensive amateur pedigree, winning a bronze at the World Junior Championships and a silver at the European Junior Championships.
Dubois was also an established amateur leaving the vest behind with a fine record of 69-6. He too boasts a frightening KO ratio of 93% having stopped 14 from 15 victims.
Tim Rickson, BBN Editor: “Dubois has taken his loss like a man, rebuilt outside of the ring so that he can return bigger and better. The defeat would have been a big learning curve for him and should put him in good stead going forward. Next time things are going all his way in a fight, I think he'll use his experience to turn things around and make the necessary changes. I think Dubois will stop Dinu between rounds 4-6. As soon as the chance presents itself, he will take him out in devastating fashion.”
Tale of the Tape
Height: 6' 5"
Height: 6' 5"
Dubois: WBA #11; IBO #24; BoxRec #29
Dinu: WBA #2; IBO #54; BoxRec #58
2/5 - Daniel Dubois to win a World heavyweight title before 2023
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