The Friday Faceup

Daniel Dubois celebrates winning the Commonwealth heavyweight title in 2019.

Young heavyweight sensation ‘Dynamite’ Daniel Dubois 14-0 (13 KO’s) returns to the ring after an eight month sabbatical on Saturday night (29th) against Dutchman Ricardo Snijders 18-1 (8 KO’s) at the BT Sport studios in Stratford, East London.

Since his last fight and enforced COVID layoff from paid combat the Londoner has seen domestic and world ranked contemporaries Joe Joyce and Dillian Whyte have mixed fortunes in attempting to secure world title chances. Fellow undefeated ‘Juggernaut’ Joe Joyce who Dubois is slated to meet in the autumn in a much anticipated fight came through last month against Michael Wallisch and Dillian Whyte was sensationally ko’d by Alexander Povetkin last weekend.

The Dubois-Joyce fight is a potential blockbuster with both defending currently undefeated records and both with world title aspirations. Hall of Fame and Queensberry Promoter Frank Warren will be on tenterhooks that Dubois does his end of the bargain to lead into the October 24th match. A potential fight and event of the year.

But first, the young Londoner has to do the business on Saturday against a late substitute opponent after Erik Pfeifer failed to get medical clearance to fight in the UK. The 26 year old Sneijders is a step down on paper but then again Whyte was expected to come through last weekend, albeit against an opponent with a strong amateur and pro pedigree. Dubois will have to be on his guard but his superior power and sheer size and tenacity should be sufficient to see him through well inside the distance.

The Londoner should be chomping at the bit at 22 years old and with 13 KO’s out of 14 contests, the last two being devastating blowouts in winning the Commonwealth heavyweight title and, pre-Christmas devouring a Japanese big man who had a respectable record going in.

Dubois has certainly been talking a good fight this last week with considerable media coverage as the next big British heavyweight. Look for him to deliver another highlight reel KO to add to his ever expanding resume.

The fight and full card will be televised on BT Sport (start time 7pm).

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